President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he accepted the United States was probably still the world's sole superpower and he was ready to work with whoever won the presidency, but didn't want to be told how to live by Americans. Asked about Donald Trump, Putin appeared to play down positive comments he had made about the Republican contender in the past, saying those had been misinterpreted. In December, Putin described Trump as "very flamboyant," "very talented" and "an absolute leader in the presidential race." Those comments, along with warm words from Trump about Putin, have fueled speculation the Kremlin would be pleased to see Trump in the White House. But on Friday Putin said he had only described Trump as "flamboyant."
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