Obama: Republicans who say they can handle Putin can't handle CNBC

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New YorkPresident Barack Obama poked fun at Republican presidential candidates on Monday for promising that they could stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin when they couldn’t “handle” the moderators from last week’s debate on cable network CNBC. Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson and others have criticized the journalists who moderated the well-watched debate for what they said was a failure to ask relevant questions. Obama, speaking at a fundraiser for Democrats in New York, knocked the Republicans seeking the White House for saying they could turn around ties with Putin, with whom the president has a strained relationship.

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