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Obama Calls Out Trump For Praising Putin and ‘Whining’ About Election

Obama's comments come after a Trump takes to Twitter to make unsubstantiated claims that the election is rigged for Hillary Clinton.


President Barack Obama offered Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump some advice Tuesday: Stop complaining and keep quiet about Vladimir Putin.

Speaking at the White House, Obama said Republican Trump’s “continued flattery” of the Russian president and claims of election rigging are “unprecedented.” He added he has never seen a presidential candidate try to discredit an election before it took place.

“I’d advise Mr. Trump to quit whining,” Obama said alongside visiting Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Obama’s comments come after Trump continues to push the line there is a widespread conspiracy to elect Hillary Clinton through a fixed election. On Tuesday morning, the GOP nominee, lagging behind Clinton in the polls, unleashed a series of tweets using the hashtag #DrainTheSwamp that continued to peddle this line.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has praised Putin as a strong leader and saying the Russian president commands more respect than Obama. The White House has accused Russian-backed hackers of breaking into emails related to the Clinton campaign in what U.S. officials say is an attempt to sway a U.S. presidential election. Putin, in turn, has expressed warm feelings toward Trump, calling the businessman “colorful.”

Obama also took many in the Republican party to task Tuesday for tolerating Trump’s bromance with Putin, especially when GOP officials have long contended the Russian strongman was an international pariah. Obama said he was “much more surprised and troubled” that Republican officials now seem to back Trump’s attitudes toward Russia.

“It’s quite a reversal. You’ll have to ask them to explain it,” the president said.

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