President Biden called Russian President Vladimir Putin a “worthy adversary” at a press conference following a NATO summit in Brussels on Monday — days after Putin praised former president Donald Trump and called Biden a “career man” in an interview.
“He’s bright, he’s tough, and I’ve found that he is — as they say when I used to play ball — a worthy adversary,” Biden said of Putin.
“I believe that former U.S. president Mr. Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise he would not have become U.S. president,” Putin recently told NBC News in his first interview with a U.S. news network since 2018. “He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. And, but he didn’t come from the U.S. establishment, he had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it some don’t like it but that is a fact.”
Biden, meanwhile, “is radically different from Trump because President Biden is a career man. He has spent virtually his entire adulthood in politics,” Putin said.
The two leaders will meet in Geneva on Wednesday.