President-elect Donald Trump tweeted out praise for Russian leader Vladimir Putin just 24 hours after President Barack Obama sanctioned Russian diplomats and businesses for interfering in U.S. elections.
Trump said that he "always knew knew [Putin] was very smart," most likely in response to Putin's refusal to expel American diplomats from Russia. Many believe that this move is an effort by the Kremlin to cultivate a relationship with Trump.
Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2016
Here's the president-elects tweet.
The tweet has drawn a lot of criticism on social media.
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