December 30, 2016 / 7:54 PM / a year ago

Trump praises 'delay' by Russia's Putin

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.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump delivered brief remarks to reporters at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

“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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