US president says ‘haters’ unfairly tie him to Russia

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks towards the media as he arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the Harbor, New York, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

US President Donald Trump says it’s no fair “the haters” tie him to Russian President Vladimir Putin when President Barack Obama was the one who struck a deal with Iran.

He tweeted Monday: “I don’t know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy – yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!”

Obama helped orchestrate a 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and five other world powers, in which Tehran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.

Trump has criticised that deal. He also once bragged about how well he knew Putin, but he has since walked back those comments, amid accusations that Russia meddled in the US election.