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At forum, Trump praises Putin for ‘great control’

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Donald Trump.Evan Vucci

At a "commander in chief" forum Wednesday night, Republican nominee Donald Trump is once against praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling him a ''leader'' and saying Putin has ''great control over his country.''

Trump was asked at a presidential forum how he would de-escalate tensions between the U.S. and Russia if he's elected to the White House.

Trump says he thinks he'd ''have a very good relationship with many foreign leaders,'' including Putin.

Trump has been criticized in the past for seeming to heap praise on Putin and other strongmen. But Trump was unapologetic on Wednesday night, saying he was happy to take a compliment from Putin. He says if Putin ''says great things about me, I'm going to say great things about him.'' Trump added, however, that Putin's compliments would not influence his decision making as president.