Trump's speech on Friday comes after the candidate took the unusual step of criticising USA policy in a program aired on Thursday night on Russian government-funded television news network, RT.
"That includes Russian Federation", he said.
American presidential candidates are not prone to condemn their country before a foreign audience, even if they are fierce critics of the current administration while campaigning in the United States.
"He's been a leader far more that our president has been a leader", Trump said of the Russian president.
McCaul's comments came less than 24 hours after the GOP presidential nominee reiterated his praise for Putin at a national security forum Wednesday evening.
As CBS2's Dick Brennan reported, the campaigns for Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump both argued that if the other wins the White House, it will leave the nation in grave danger. He also expressed appreciation for positive words that Putin has said about him.
After a long week of criticizing Donald Trump, an exasperated Hillary Clinton attacked Trump for appearing on Russian funded television.. "She could walk into this arena right now and shoot somebody with 20,000 people watching", Trump said mimicking a gun with his hand, "right smack in the middle of the heart and she wouldn't be prosecuted, OK?"
The Republican nominee had a golden opportunity, certainly, the more so because of moderator Matt Lauer's decision to spend fully a third of Clinton's segment on her email controversy that went nowhere prosecutorially, but has proved Miracle-Gro for right-wing conspiracy theories. The Clintons, too, have contributed to the conflation of the two, and Trump has obliterated any distinction between the two. That is an "inarguable" point, said vice presidential candidate Mike Pence, supporting Mr. Trump. "You believe that Vladimir Putin is stronger than President Obama?"
King said he told Trump, "You've got to do my TV show". But saying they have served his country's interest is weird, given that the sanctions resulting from his aggression have contributed to putting the Russian economy into a tailspin. "Vladimir Putin is violating the sovereignty of neighboring countries", he said at his weekly news conference.
Hillary Clinton was in New York Friday, meeting a group of national security experts.
On Tuesday, 88 retired generals and admirals endorsed Trump.
However, Clinton turned the "woman card" into a campaign tool, hitting back at Trump, saying: "If fighting for women's healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in". The current average of polls from website RealClearPolitics puts her at 45.6 percent support, compared with Trump's 42.8 percent.