On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke at his annual news conference in Moscow about an array of issues, including President-elect Trump’s election win, and criticized his opponents’ poor way of handling it.
“The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,” Putin said in front of reporters.
“(We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name,” he continued. “They (the Democrats) are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame. In my view this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity.”
Putin then went on to offer Hillary Clinton and the Democrats a word of advice.
“You have to know how to lose with dignity,” Putin said.
With the current Administration continuing to point the finger at the Kremlin and accusing Russia of meddling in the U.S. Presidential election in order to help Trump win, Putin felt compelled to speak out once again against Obama’s accusations.
“It’s not like that,” Putin said. “All of this (the accusations) speaks of the current administration’s systemic problems.”
He went on to identify what he believes to be the real reason why Trump won the Presidency: the people voted for him.
“Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end,” he said.
“Nobody believed in him,” Putin added.
“Except for you and me,” he said with a smile.
Putin welcomed the idea of visiting the United States if Trump extended an invitation. He also added that he expects relations between the two countries to improve with the incoming administration.