The remaining Republican presidential candidates for the 2016 presidential elections are avoiding the endorsement given by Russian President, Vladimir Putin to the billionaire businessman and presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Last week, Putin said Trump is “a very bright and talented man.” In response, Trump said he appreciated “when people call you brilliant” and that “it’s always good, especially when the person heads up Russia.”
Among the candidates that have rejected an endorsement from Putin are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. According to Politico, Rubio said Trump shouldn’t be honored by Putin’s praise. “He’s jailed and murdered journalists, political opponents,” Rubio said. “He bombed an apartment building as a pretext to attack the Chechens. He is responsible for the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine because he provided the anti-aircraft weaponry that was used for that.”
Trump is not bothered
Trump further said to his accusers on the endorsement that “he will get along fine with Putin.” “If Russia wants to bomb the hell out of ISIS and join us in that effort, I am absolutely fine with it,” he said. “That’s an asset, not a liability. So if Putin respects me, and if Putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said which were, frankly, very nice, I’ll accept that, and I’ll accept that on behalf of our country, because if we get along well with Russia, that’s a positive thing, not a negative thing.” Trump has recently been defending some of the actions of the Russian leader.
The season of endorsements
Republican presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz also announced on Thursday that another prominent evangelical, author and radio host James Dobson, has endorsed his presidential campaign in the Republican primary. “Ted Cruz’s record on religious liberty, life, and marriage is second to none in this Republican field,” Dobson said in a news release issued by the Cruz campaign. “I have met with the senator on multiple occasions: He is brilliant, articulate, and informed. Shirley and I have been praying for a leader such as this,” he added, referring to his wife. Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, has long been a foe of gay marriage and proponent of traditional gender roles for men and women in families.