Washington (CNN)Donald Trump on Friday praised Vladimir Putin and appeared to defend the autocratic Russian president when pressed about his alleged killing of journalists and political opponents critical of his rule.
One day after Putin called Trump a "bright and talented" and the "absolute leader of the presidential race," the Republican presidential front-runner returned the compliments, hailing Putin as a "leader" and pointing to his high favorability numbers in Russia.
00:51 Trump Campaign Was Subject to 'Incidental' Surveillance, Says Nunes29
14:19 Italian prime minister to meet Trump in U.S. on April 20: diplomatic sources8
18:04 With his presidency off course, Trump confronts the lessons of the health-care debacle23
07:05 SEE IT: Ads praising Republicans for replacing Obamacare aired hours after Trump-backed bill flopped22