Donald Trump's favorable mention of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on Tuesday is just the latest in a string of compliments he has paid to global strongmen.
Trump regularly mentions Saddam on the campaign trail, and his use of kind words for controversial leaders extends beyond the Middle East.
Here are some of the compliments he has paid to dictators or their work.
Vladimir Putin, Russia:
Trump started building his network with international leaders just a few months into his presidential campaign.
He began building bridges with Russian President Vladimir Putin in December, after Putin called Trump "very colorful" and "talented."
"I believe I'll get along fine with Putin," Trump said on "This Week."
"If Putin respects me and if Putin wants to call me brilliant and other things that he said that were frankly very nice, I'll accept that, and I'll accept it on behalf of our country,” he said.
In January, Putin told CNN that he never called Trump "brilliant" specifically but said that he did think Trump was "bright."
Kim Jong Un, North Korea
Until Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in January, the most famous American supporter of the "dear leader" was arguably Dennis Rodman.
Trump qualified his remarks during a campaign stop in Iowa by saying that Kim is a "maniac" but went on to praise his work.
"You gotta give him credit," Trump said.
"How many young guys — he was, like, 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals, and all of a sudden ... he goes in, he takes over, and he's the boss," Trump said. "It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn't play games. And we can't play games with him."Read the rest of the story HERE.
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