Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed Wednesday that he’s very happy with U.S. President Donald Trump and that he has “no disappointment” with Trump so far.
Speaking on Russian state television, Putin heaped praise on Trump while claiming that America’s political system was devouring itself, The Associated Press reports.
“I have no disappointment at all,” Putin said. “Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me.”
“The U.S. political system has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up,” the Russian leader added, according to AP. “It’s quite difficult to interact with such a system, because it’s unpredictable.”
Putin’s comments come hours after Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. complained that U.S. lawmakers have been largely unwilling to meet with Russia’s diplomats over the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Last month, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals for allegedly stealing the identities of Americans and using them to spread divisive or inaccurate information on social media in key swing states during the 2016 election.
Russia’s government has flatly denied the accusations, while U.S. lawmakers have accused the Trump administration of not confronting the Putin government over election meddling.