'Comrade' Trump gets 'endorsement' from Putin in new mock ad by Lincoln Project

GOP organization the Lincoln Project hit President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE on Thursday with a Russian-language ad offering a mock "endorsement" from Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Not a pretty picture: Money laundering and America's art market Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' MORE.

The new ad, entitled "Fellow Traveler," says in Russian with English subtitles that "Comrade Trump" has "once again" gotten Putin's blessing in the run-up to November's general election.

"The most important endorsement Donald Trump received in 2016 was not from your Senate Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump signs executive orders after coronavirus relief talks falter Coronavirus deal key to Republicans protecting Senate majority Coronavirus talks collapse as negotiators fail to reach deal MORE [R-Ky.]," the ad's English translation reads. "Donald Trump received the most important endorsement in 2016 from our great leader, Vladimir Putin."

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The intelligence community concluded years ago that Moscow interfered in the last presidential vote with the intention of helping to elect Trump, a conclusion Trump has long rejected. 

“Our special services worked overtime to elect Comrade Trump. We waged a war against the so-called ‘truth,’ and convinced you decadent Americans to believe in our comrade,” the ad says.

It arrives just days after the anti-Trump Republican group debuted another video targeting the president over reports on Russia offering bounties to encourage Taliban militants to kill coalition troops, including American soldiers.

Trump has insisted he was never briefed on that intelligence, dismissing the news as a "hoax" designed to make him look bad.

"Russia thanks you for your loyalty and friendship," the new ad says.