Romney knocks Trump over Putin support

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyImmigration experts say GOP senators questioned DHS secretary with misleading chart Top border officials defend Biden policies US Olympic Committee urges Congress not to boycott Games in China MORE on Friday slammed Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinTime for jaw-to-jaw with Moscow Hillicon Valley: Colonial pipeline is back online, but concerns remain | Uber, Lyft struggle with driver supply | Apple cuts controversial hire Menendez calls on Biden to support Armenia amid rising tensions with Azerbaijan MORE with who GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE has expressed mutual respect.

"Important distinction: thug Putin kills journalists and opponents; our presidents kill terrorists and enemy combatants," tweeted Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts.

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His tweet came hours after Trump again expressed admiration for the Russian leader during a television interview, where he was pressed about Putin's efforts to silence political opponents and journalists. 
 
MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough pointed out to Trump during the "Morning Joe" segment that Putin "is a person who kills journalists, political opponents and invades countries."
 
The host appeared taken aback by Trump, who brushed off the remarks and responded by stating that Putin is "running his country and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in our country."
 
"Again, he kills journalists that don't agree with him," Scarborough, a former GOP lawmaker, reiterated.
 
"Well I think our country does plenty of killing also," Trump responded.
 
Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, has rebuked Trump before, including earlier this month when the celebrity Republican candidate announced his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.