Trump focuses New Year’s tweet on ‘many enemies’ and everyone who ‘lost so badly’

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President-elect Donald Trump arrives to speak during a rally at the Orlando Amphitheater at the Central Florida Fairgrounds, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, in Orlando, Fla.
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AP/ Evan Vucci

On the final day of 2016, President-elect Donald Trump sent a New Year’s message of “love!” on Twitter, including to his “many enemies” and everyone who has “lost so badly.”

The tweet came after another that praised Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday for not launching a tit-for-tat sanctions to respond to those issued by US President Barack Obama’s administration this week in retaliation for Russia’s suspected election-related hacking.

In his New Year’s address on Saturday, Putin expressed hope that the two countries will “take their interaction in the international arena to a whole new level” once Trump takes office January 20 and Obama is no longer in power.

“It is regrettable that the Obama administration is ending its term in this manner,” Putin said in a statement addressing the sanctions on Friday. “Nevertheless, I offer my New Year greetings to President Obama and his family.”

This year’s tweet followed a tradition of Trump including “haters and losers” in his New Year’s wishes, as he did in 2014 and 2013:

In 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, and 2009, Trump was more measured: