- REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton resumed a Friday afternoon press conference to lace into Donald Trump for his praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Clinton had ended her press conference when a reporter shouted out a question about her Republican opponent’s recent – and apparently accidental – appearance on Larry King’s show, which is broadcast on the Kremlin-backed Russia Today network.
The former secretary of state briefly paused before shaking her head and returning to the podium to deliver searing criticism of Trump.
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“Every day that goes by, this just becomes more and more of a reality-television story,” Clinton said. “It’s not a serious presidential campaign.”
She added: “And it is beyond one’s imagination to have a candidate for president praising a Russian autocrat like Vladimir Putin.”
Trump has generated controversy across party lines by complimenting Putin as a strong leader. Clinton had previously denounced his rhetoric pertaining to the Russian president as “unpatriotic” and “scary.”