The Russian leader, speaking in a news conference that lasted just under four hours, fielded questions on everything from Syria to the economy, Ukraine and sports doping.
But he only became really animated when talking about the United States, launching a scathing attack on the Democrats.
He said they had forgotten the meaning of their own name and were sore losers.
“The current administration and the leadership of the Democratic Party are trying to blame all their failures on external factors,” said Putin.
“(We are talking about) a party which has clearly forgotten the original meaning of its own name. They (the Democrats) 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.”
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