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Trump punches back when Clinton hits him for Putin praise: 'You're the puppet!


"Look, Putin, from everything I see, has no respect for this person."

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Over the course of the presidential election, Donald Trump has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his leadership style, and Hillary Clinton slammed him for it during the third presidential debate Wednesday night.

Caught in the middle of a heated back-and-forth about immigration reform, the Democratic presidential nominee noted Trump's past comments about Putin — an issue that has made both Democrats and some Republicans uncomfortable.

"Look, Putin, from everything I see, has no respect for this person," Trump replied, pointing his finger at Clinton.

The former secretary of state shot back, "Well that's because he would rather have a puppet as president of the United States. And it's pretty clear that the Russians have engaged in cyber attacks against the United States of America."

Clinton raised the fact that, in July, Trump urged Russians to hack accounts associated with Clinton to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing," adding, "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press." She also brought up Trump's previous suggestion that the U.S. withdraw from NATO, which she asserted is on "Putin's wish list."

As the Democratic standard-bearer was running down her list, Trump repeatedly punched back, suggesting she's the weak candidate who can be manipulated by Putin.

"You're the puppet! No you're the puppet," Trump frequently interjected.

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