Republican presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC claims Obama surveillance of Trump 'confirmed' US further alienates itself on trade, nations look elsewhere for partners Harmful budget cuts won’t help GOP in 2018 and beyond MORE on Saturday continued to tout his endorsement from Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying Putin “is right, I am brilliant.” 

“Well, you know, isn’t it sort of nice if like countries that we’re always fighting with, maybe we get along and let them do — right?” Trump told supporters at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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“I mean, look, we’re all tough guys, but wouldn’t it be nice if Russia and us could knock out an enemy together, not us bear the full cost sometimes?” he added.

“And they have problems, we all have problems, Russia’s got plenty of problems, but I’ll tell you what, if Putin likes me, and if he thinks I’m a good, smart person, which I hope he believes — actually he’s right, I am brilliant.” 

Trump concluded that the media is trying to turn the praise of Putin into something negative and that his Republican rivals were "jealous as hell." 

"I have people, now they're jealous as hell, because he's not mentioning these people, he's not going to mention them, so they're jealous as hell," Trump added. 

The Russian leader called the billionaire real estate developer “a really brilliant and talented person” during a news conference on Thursday in Moscow. 

Trump said Thursday it was a “great honor” to be complimented by Putin.