Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a leading Russia hawk, during his interviews for an upcoming Showtime interview special, saying, “I like Senator McCain … And I’m not joking.”
McCain is one of the leaders of the Republican charge to increase sanctions against Russia over election tampering.
Putin makes the comments in newly released clips from “The Putin Interviews,” a multi-night special featuring film director Oliver Stone interviewing the man McCain has called a “murderer and a thug who seeks to undermine American national security interests at every turn.”
Of McCain, Putin says, “Well, honestly, I like Senator McCain to a certain extent. And I’m not joking. I like him because of his patriotism, and I can relate to his consistency in fighting for the interests of his own country.” Read more at The Hill.