US election: Putin prefers Biden over Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he would rather a Joe Biden presidency over Donald Trump ahead of the US election this November. Mr Biden was the more experienced, predictable person, he said in remarks sure to raise eyebrows. Before Mr Trump’s first run for president in 2016, Mr Putin had praised him as “outstanding and talented”.

Mr Biden has been a fierce critic of Mr Putin for years, calling him a “killer” before the invasion of Ukraine.

The Russian president also remarked on his recent interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson, saying he had found it disappointing because the questions had not been sharp enough. Speaking to Russian TV in an on-camera interview on Wednesday, Mr Putin said Mr Biden’s leadership would be better for Russia because he was a “more experienced person, he is predictable, he is a politician of the old formation”.

He dismissed questions about Mr Biden’s age and mental health, and said when they had last met in 2021, he had not noticed anything peculiar.

“Even then [three years ago] people were saying that he was incompetent, but I did not see anything of this sort,” he said.



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