During the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, Donald Trump vehemently denied he and Russian President Vladimir Putin are deep in the throes of a passionate bromance.
I never met Putin, this is not my best friend.
This occurred after moderator Chris Wallace asked Hillary Clinton,
Secretary Clinton, I want to clear up your position on this issue because in a speech you gave to a Brazilian bank, for which you were paid $225,000, we've learned from the Wikileaks that you said this, and I want to quote, 'My dream is a hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders,' so that is the question.
You are very clearly quoting from Wikileaks and what is important about that is that the Russian government has engaged in espionage against Americans. They have hacked American websites, American accounts of private people, of institutions, then they have given that information to WikiLeaks for the purpose of putting it on the Internet. This has come from the highest levels of the Russian government clearly from Putin himself. In an effort, as 17 of our intelligence agencies have confirmed, to influence our election. I actually think the most important question of this evening, Chris, is finally, will Donald Trump admit and condemn that the Russians are doing this and make it clear that he will not have the help of Putin in this election, that he rejects Russian espionage against Americans, which he actually encouraged in the past?
Those are the questions we need answered. We had never had anything like this happen in any of our elections before.
Clinton also accused Trump of being a Russian "puppet."
Trump was not happy about this. After a few more exchanges, he stated,
I don't know Putin. I never met Putin, this is not my best friend. But if the United States got along with Russia wouldn't be so bad.
Clinton then called out Trump hard over a tweet he sent about Putin back in 2013.
Here's Trump's tweet.
And here's Clinton's response.
Well played, Hillary. Well played.