Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhite House mandates random coronavirus testing for staffers Trump criticizes Birx over Pelosi, COVID-19 remarks: 'Pathetic' NASA astronauts in SpaceX capsule splash down to earth MORE said Thursday that Russia's Vladimir Putin is a better leader than President Obama, backing up similar claims made recently by Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House sued over lack of sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings Wife blames Trump, lack of masks for husband's coronavirus death in obit: 'May Karma find you all' Trump authorizes reduced funding for National Guard coronavirus response through 2020 MORE.


"I think it's inarguable that Vladimir Putin has been a stronger leader in his country than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Tuesday's primaries Obama announces first wave of 2020 endorsements Red flags fly high, but Trump ignores them MORE 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.