>> The President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump, openly praising Russia's Vladimir Putin Friday on Twitter, saying quote, great move on delay by Vladimir Putin, I always knew he was smart. Trump's kudos to the Russian strong man were aimed at Putin's strategy to not retaliate against the US expulsion of 35 suspected Russian spies as well as sanctions from the Obama Administration for cyber-attacks carried out by Russia during the November presidential election.
Putin saying quote, further steps towards the restoration towards the Russian/American relations will be built on the basis of the policy which the administration of President Donald Trump will carry out. Trump's latest tweets not only raised the spectre of an American President-elect praising a foreign leader over a sitting US president, but set up a potential clash with Congress if he tries to roll back President Obama's sanctions.
Even fellow Republicans and Capitol Hill have urged a tough response to Moscow.