Trump: Putin ‘Doesn’t Seem to Be the Same Person I Was Dealing with’

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

During a Monday phone interview with Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Company,” okay  former President Donald Trump argued something had changed with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump said Putin “seems to be different” and added that he was not the same person he had dealt with while in the White House.

“[Putin] is a different person,” Trump said when asked if he respected Putin. “I’ll tell you something — I got along with him, and look, I got along with him loving this country, and he loves his country, OK? But he’s a different person than he was. He seems to be different. He looks different. He looks different. He’s a different person.”

Host Stuart Varney asked, “Is he sane? Is he solid mentally?”

“It just doesn’t seem to be the same person that I was dealing with,” Trump replied. “We had a decent relationship. It was very hard because of the Russia hoax, you know.”

The former president continued, “And I told him. I said, you know, it’s very hard for me to do anything for Russia and for you to do anything because these horrible, horrible people that are, you know, perpetrating this hoax, the Russia, Russia, Russia collusion nonsense, millions of phone calls; I never made one to Russia. Think of it. Millions of calls. They went through the phone records — millions of calls, not one call to Russia. It was a total hoax.”