Obama says Trump modeling policies on Putin

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday accused Republican Donald Trump of showering praise and modeling his policies on Russian President Vladimir Putin to a degree that is “unprecedented in American politics.”

    Obama said he is “surprised and troubled” by Republican lawmakers he says are echoing their presidential nominee’s positions on Russia. Trump has praised Putin as a strong leader and criticized Obama and the Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, for Washington’s deteriorating relationship with Moscow.

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