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Donald Trump quotes Vladimir Putin to insult Hillary Clinton

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President-elect Donald Trump quoted Russia’s authoritarian leader to insult his political rivals.

The Twitter-loving businessman tweeted that he enthusiastically agrees with Vladimir Putin’s assessment of the 2016 election, in which Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the electoral college vote.

“Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: ‘In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.’ So true!” he wrote Friday night.

FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the African Methodist Episcopal church national convention in Philadelphia. Donald Trump surprised the nation by winning the White House, a victory made possible in part by becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988. The businessman edged Clinton by about 44,000 votes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) - Matt Rourke/AP © Provided by New York Daily News FILE - In this July 8, 2016, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the African Methodist Episcopal church national convention in Philadelphia. Donald Trump surprised the nation by winning the White House, a victory made possible in part by becoming the first Republican presidential candidate to win Pennsylvania since 1988. The businessman edged Clinton by about 44,000 votes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) - Matt Rourke/AP

Earlier Friday, Putin blasted American Democrats at his annual end-of-the-year news conference, saying they “are losing on all fronts and looking elsewhere for things to blame.”

“In my view, this, how shall I say it, degrades their own dignity. You have to know how to lose with dignity,” he said, according to the Washington Post.

President-elect Donald Trump (l.) quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin when assessing the Democrats' 2016 electoral loss. - Alexei Nikolsky/AP Photo © Provided by New York Daily News President-elect Donald Trump (l.) quoted Russian President Vladimir Putin when assessing the Democrats' 2016 electoral loss. - Alexei Nikolsky/AP Photo

“Outstanding figures in American history from the ranks of the Democratic Party would likely be turning in their graves. Roosevelt certainly would be.”

The Russian leader went on to praise Trump — not surprising considering the two’s long history of trading compliments.

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Right now, the Republican Party is the party of ‚Äúwhatever Trump wants.‚Äù But with Trump‚Äôs all-over-the-map approach to policy, who will the GOP be in four years? (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file) - Andrew Harnik/AP © Provided by New York Daily News FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2016, file photo photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks to members of the media at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach, Fla. Right now, the Republican Party is the party of ‚Äúwhatever Trump wants.‚Äù But with Trump‚Äôs all-over-the-map approach to policy, who will the GOP be in four years? (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file) - Andrew Harnik/AP

“Trump understood the mood of the people and kept going until the end, when nobody believed in him — except for you and me,” Putin said, grinning.

American officials have insisted that hackers working on behalf of the Russian government meddled with the U.S. election by hacking into Democrat databases and leaking embarrassing files, all in a bid to help Trump take the White House. Investigators claim that Putin had direct knowledge of the illegal interference.

As Putin’s news conference rolled on, Trump released a merry holiday letter Putin sent him earlier this month. The brief note urged Trump to “take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation.”

“Relations between Russia and the U.S. remain an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world,” Putin wrote.

As he released the note, Trump again expressed admiration for Putin.

“His thoughts are so correct,” Trump said.

The friendly exchange of compliments comes as both Putin and Trump have discussed expanding their respective nation’s nuclear powers.

Earlier this week, Putin said Russia needed to boost its forces, while Trump allegedly said he’s ready to engage in an “arms race.”

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