“You’re the puppet”: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump spar about who’s the Russian stooge

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In a stinging dig at Republican Donald Trump in their debate tonight, Hillary Clinton offered her own explanation why it seems to some that he is supported by Russian president Vladimir Putin in the presidential election: “Because [Putin] would like to have a puppet” as the American president, Clinton said.

“You’re the puppet. You’re the puppet,” Trump responded sharply, clearly rattled.

The exchange, in the last of three debates between the two candidates, became a sensation on Twitter, such as this tweet.

As the exchange progressed, Trump said he had never met Putin, contradicting previous claims that he had in fact spent time with the Russian leader. He said, “This is not my best friend,” but that he hoped that the US and Russia could have an improved relationship under a Trump administration.