December 30, 2016 / 9:07 PM / 8 months ago

Trump praises 'delay' by Russia's Putin

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016.Jonathan Ernst

PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised the "delay" by Russian President Vladimir Putin, apparently referring to Putin's refusal to retaliate for the U.S. expulsion of 35 Russians over their alleged involvement in hacking political groups before the Nov. 8 presidential election.

"Great move on delay (by V. Putin) - I always knew he was very smart!," Trump said in a post on Twitter.

Repoting by Richard Cowan; Writing by Mohammad Zargham

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