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McCain: Obama’s ‘slouch’ comment dismissive of Putin

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose work with President Obama has gained attention in recent days and weeks, had harsh words Sunday for Obama in relation to Russia.

McCain, appearing on "Fox News Sunday," suggested Obama was too dismissive of Russian President Vladimir Putin's true intentions during a Friday news conference.

Obama stressed during the news conference that he and Putin have productive talks and dismissed speculation about tension between them -- particularly a photo which showed the two of them looking uncomfortable sitting next to one another. Obama said Friday that the body language in that photo has been over-sold, saying Putin was slouching like a kid in the back of a classroom.

"The president comparing him to a kid in the back of a classroom, I think, is very indicative of the president's lack of appreciation of who Vladimir Putin is," McCain said. "He's an old KGB colonel that has no illusions about our relationship, does not care about a relationship with the United States, continues to oppress his people, continues to act in an autocratic fashion."

Obama, of course, isn't the only president to have a decent relationship with Putin. George W. Bush once said that he looked Putin in the eye and got a glimpse of his soul.

McCain later said he looked into Putin's eyes and "saw three letters: a K, a G and a B."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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