*Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin has referred to President Obama as the N-word, and that he would command more respect as president.
“Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things,” Trump said at a press conference in Florida. “He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word.”
Trump said Putin has “a total lack of respect” for Obama.
“No. 1, he doesn’t like him. And No. 2, he doesn’t respect him,” Trump said.
Trump then pivoted to say that Putin would have more respect for him if he succeeds Obama in the White House.
“I think he’s going to respect your president if I’m elected, and I hope he likes me,” he said.
This is also the press conference where Trump appeared to encourage Russian hackers to leak Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s “missing” personal emails that were deleted from the private server she used as Secretary of State.
“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope your able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press,” he said.