Putin says Trump is ‘absolute leader’ in U.S. presidential race "...Many of Putin’s comments circled back to relations with the United States, including a bit of look-ahead musing on the White House race. Putin said Russia would work with “whomever the American voters choose,” but he singled out Trump. “He’s a very lively man, talented without doubt,” Putin said according to the Interfax news service after the news conference. He added that Trump is the “absolute leader in the presidential race.” “He’s saying he wants to go to another level of relations — closer, deeper relations with Russia,” Putin continued. “How can we not welcome that? Of course we welcome that.”..."