Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Wednesday implied that Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the N-word when talking about President Obama and said he would command more respect as president.

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“Putin has said things over the last year that are really bad things,” Trump said at a press conference in Florida. “He mentioned the N-word one time. I was shocked to hear him mention the N-word.”  

Trump said Putin has “a total lack of respect” for Obama. 

“No. 1, he doesn’t like him. And No. 2, he doesn’t respect him,” the billionaire said. 

Trump then asserted that Putin would have more respect for him if he succeeds Obama in the White House.

“I think he’s going to respect your president if I’m elected, and I hope he likes me,” he said. 

At the same press conference, Trump appeared to encourage Russian hackers to find and leak the emails Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE deleted from the personal server she used while secretary of State.

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope your able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by the press,” he said.