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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks about school choice, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump slams US policy, praises Putin on Russian TV


Donald Trump criticized US policies in Iraq Thursday night, but this time it was on a Russian government-funded television network.

"It's a war we shouldn't have been in, number one," Trump said in the interview. "And it's a war that, when we got out, we got out the wrong way. That's Obama."

Trump's interview was with with former CNN anchor Larry King on his podcast.

The podcast aired on the RT network, a 24-hour news channel that broadcasts in both English and Russian.

Trump told King he does not think the Russians were intervening in U.S. elections, a concern expressed by some U.S. officials and by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The interview comes one day after Trump called Putin a better leader than Obama.

Trump's campaign says it didn't know the interview was going to air on Russian TV.

House Republican Paul Ryan took a sharply different view from Trump on Putin.

The White House has not responded to Trump's comments.

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