Vladimir Putin has many titles, including President of Russia and King of Getty Images. But another honorific title which he clearly holds dear is World’s Biggest Troll. How else could you explain the comments he made about our greatest national shame, the continuing legitimate Presidential candidacy of the artfully-domed Donald Trump?
Putin was holding a televised news conference, something which he does annually, and when he was asked about Trump’s comments that the two would get along, he responded, “He wants to move to another level of relations, a closer, deeper level of relations with Russia,” he said. “How can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this.”
Putin added, “[Trump] is a very outstanding person, talented, without any doubt.” Oookay, Vlad.
And of course, Putin isn’t necessarily being honest about that last part, but he sure as heck is being honest about welcoming the concept of President Trump. A whiny buffoon who can’t run a business without bankruptcy and responds to criticism with sexist buffoonery sounds like a perfect way for Putin to assert Russian supremacy. But Vlad didn’t stop there — he also went so far as to commend none other than incredibly corrupt FIFA head Sepp Blatter for the damned Nobel Peace Prize. The gall! Here’s Putin’s reasoning:
“[Blatter] has always tried to treat football not as a sport but as an element of cooperation between countries and peoples. He is the one who must be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”
It makes a certain kind of sense that Putin and Blatter’s sense of cooperation are about the same — strong-armed shakedowns for bribes with the threat of international sabotage if they don’t comply. Anyway, we can’t confirm that Putin covered his mouth to suppress laughter at these statements, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.