Trump tweeted his praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin's criticism of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNo Hillary — the 'Third Way' is the wrong way The dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat MORE Friday night, agreeing with a statement he made earlier in the day that it was "humiliating" Democrats did not "lose with dignity."
At his annual press conference early Friday morning, Putin addressed Clinton's loss and the CIA's report of Russian election interference, saying: "Democrats are losing on every front and looking for people to blame everywhere. They need to learn to lose with dignity."
Later in the evening, Trump quoted the statement from Putin in a tweet.
"Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: 'In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity.' So true!" Trump tweeted.
Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems: "In my opinion, it is humiliating. One must be able to lose with dignity." So true!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 24, 2016
It was not the first time Friday that Trump praised Putin. Earlier in the day the president-elect shared a Christmas letter the Russian president sent him.
"A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct," Trump said in a statement. "I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path."
The Russian leader had sent a letter reading, "I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able – by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner - to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level."