American Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has said he thinks he would "get along very well with Vladimir Putin" while speaking to press in Scotland.
At his Trump Turnberry golf course in Ayrshire, the venue for the 2015 Women's Open, Trump took to the stage in a suit jacket, open-necked shirt and a red baseball cap emblazoned with the words 'Make America Great Again'.
Trump is currently topping the polls as the Republican party tries to choose its presidential candidate for the 2016 election in the presidential primaries campaign.
Speaking about America's 'special relationship' with the UK, Trump said if he was President, "I think I'd be very close with Britain."
"We would have such a great relationship with this part of the world, and I think many other parts of the world."
He then added: "I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin."
"I just think so. People say 'What do you mean?' I just think I'd get along well with him."
At the conference, which reporters were told would strictly be about golf, Trump also spoke about his views on foreign policy, an area he has covered before during his nomination race with some controversial remarks on immigrants.
He said: "Certainly you want to be diplomatic, I mean we're diplomatic in our country and everyone hates us all over the world."
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
"We're politically correct and the world hates the United States. The world takes advantage of the us, on trade, on just about everything. And yet, we've never been more unpopular."
The first Republican nominee debate takes place next week, and Donald Trump is sitting firmly at the top of the primary polls.
According to a recent Quinnipac poll, Trump has the support of 20 per cent of Republicans, ahead of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on 13 per cent, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on 10 per cent.
Despite Trump's numerous controversial and offensive comments, some of which would have sunk any other candidate, his popularity has only grown.
Referring to John McCain, the 2008 Republican Presidential candidate who spent five and half years in Vietnamese prison camps after his plane was shot down over Vietnam, Trump said: "He's not a war hero."
He added: "He's a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren't captured."
Many polls since he made these comments, which some pundits said would prove his downfall, show that his levels of support across America have generally stayed steady or gone up.