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"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack Obama has been in this country," Pence, the governor of Indiana and Trump's running mate, said during an interview on CNN Thursday.

"And that's going to change the day that Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America."

Pence also sought to draw distinction between Obama and Trump while likening the GOP nominee to former President Reagan.

Trump has in the past offered praise for the Russian president, drawing criticism from both sides of the aisle.

During a Wednesday night forum, he said Putin has been a leader "far more than our president has been a leader."

"If (Putin) says great things about me, I'm gonna say great things about him," Trump said during the NBC News event when pressed about his apparent friendliness toward Putin. "I've already said he is really very much of a leader."

Trump in July also said Putin is "doing a better job" than Obama.