Speaking to Russian news agency TASS, Putin said:
"Inside the country, disrespect is shown for him. This is a regrettable negative component of the U.S. political system," "One can argue but one can’t show disrespect, even not for him personally but for those people who voted for him," he added.
Putin also defended Trump's outlandish behavior.
Putin also defended Trump's nontraditional, sometimes controversial approach to leading the country, calling the Republican's unpredictable decisions a "reasonable response" to "great domestic resistance" that prevents Trump from delivering on electoral promises.
Putin Claims Trump doesn't need advice (after tacitly giving him advice)
Putin said he believes "the president of the United States does not need any advice because one has to possess certain talent and go through this trial to be elected, even without having the experience of such big administrative work."