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Obama Says Putin Is Trump’s ‘Role Model’ in Campaign Attack

  • ‘He loves this guy,’ the president says of their relationship
  • Obama also assails the Republican on taxes and his charity
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Obama Attacks Trump at Campaign Rally for Clinton

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President Barack Obama criticized what he called Donald Trump’s adulation of Vladimir Putin, saying the billionaire considers the Russian president a “role model,” in a broad attack on the Republican nominee’s fitness for the presidency.

“He loves this guy,” Obama said at a campaign rally for Democrat Hillary Clinton in Philadelphia. “Think about what’s happening to the Republican party. Used to be opposed to Russia and authoritarianism, and fighting for freedom and fighting for democracy.”