The 45th president of America said Mr Putin’s decision not to ban US officials from Russia, despite Barack Obama kicking 35 Russian officials out of America, was a “great move”.
Instead, Mr Putin said in a statement he would wait on making a move until Mr Trump takes power next month.
Mr Trump Tweeted to his 18.2 million followers this evening: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!”
He followed former Nigel Farage in complimenting the long-standing leader, after the former Ukip leader said Mr Putin was “mature” earlier today.
Mr Farage Tweeted: “Pleased to see a mature response from Putin. A @realDonaldTrump presidency can’t come soon enough.”
Yesterday, Mr Obama banished 35 Russian officials from the country after the country’s alleged involvement in the US election.
While the Kremlin were furious at the decision, they decided against a tit-for-tat response.
Instead, he promised not to “create problems” – and even invited the children of US officials to a state-sponsored party.