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Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) didn't hold back this morning when asked to give some positive and negative feedback on Vladimir Putin. 

He turned the question from MSNBC's Mark Halperin into an extended criticism of President Trump. 

Durbin said Putin is "gifted in his knowledge of history," unlike Trump, and is skilled at meeting with world leaders to push his agenda, while Trump lacks that experience.

"In terms of his weakness, he too suffers from a form or megalomania," he concluded.

On "Outnumbered," Meghan McCain called the comparison "outrageous," saying she doesn't agree that Trump is a megalomaniac.

On the other hand, McCain noted, the Russian president "murders people in the shadows of the Kremlin," jails journalists and puts dissidents in prison. 

"The idea that you can in any way compare what's happening in Russia to the United States is also why the left has gotten so hysterical with President Trump that any argument they're making completely flies out the window," she said.

Pete Hegseth called Durbin a "political hack," noting the way Democrats applauded former President Obama for his "apology tour."

McCain said Democrats all of a sudden care about Russia after largely ignoring Putin's maneuvers in Crimea, Ukraine and the Middle East for the last eight years.

"They only cared [after] it impacted their election."

Watch the discussion above.


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