Trump says Clinton is too tough on Putin

Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Springfield, Ohio.

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Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Springfield, Ohio.

Donald Trump is criticizing rival Hillary Clinton for being too tough on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking at a rally in Springfield, Ohio, Trump took issue with Clinton’s criticism of the Russian strongman, who has been denounced for his military assertiveness and anti-democratic tendencies.


‘‘She speaks very badly of Putin, and I don’t think that’s smart,’’ Trump said. ‘‘How do you speak so badly of someone?’’

Trump has been repeatedly criticized for failing to denounce the Russian leader and saying that he’d be willing to work with him to fight Islamic State militants.

Trump is also continuing to criticize Clinton’s judgment and stamina, saying ‘‘she’s definitely a low-energy person.’’

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