U.S. President Obama called Donald Trump's ''flattery'' of Russian President Vladimir Putin unprecedented, ''and needs to be called out.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: U.S. President Barack Obama called Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's "flattery" of Russian President Vladimir Putin unprecedented "and needs to be called out." Obama, at a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, also raised questions about Republicans supporting Trump's view on Russia. "Trump's continued flattery of Mr. Putin, and the degree to which he appears to model many of his policies and approach to politics on Mr. Putin, is unprecedented in American politics," Obama said. He also asked questions about lawmakers who support Trump. "You will have to explain to me how it is that some of the same leaders in the Republican party who who were constantly haranguing us for even talking to the Russians, and who consistently took the most hawkish approaches to Russia, including Mr. Trump's selection for Vice President, now reconcile their endorsement of Mr. Trump with their previous views," he said.