Putin says Democrats sore losers, praises Trump

Russian President Putin attends his annual end-of-year news conference in MoscowBy Vladimir Soldatkin and Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, saying he had his finger on the pulse of U.S. society, and launched a scathing attack on the Democrats, saying they had forgotten the meaning of their own name and were sore losers. Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia’s president said that only Russia had believed that Trump would become the next president of the United States, but that did not mean the Democrats had the right to blame him for their defeat. “The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,” Putin told reporters.

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