Well, no, Putin doesn't have that problem. That's because if Putin doesn't like a journalist, he just has them killed. Not theoretically or hyperbolically, but literally killed. Dead. There have been 26 journalists who have disappeared without a trace during Putin's time in office.
What else did Trump "joke" to the brutal Putin about journalists?
"Get rid of them," he quipped.
As it happens, no, that isn't a joke. But an accurate description of what Putin does. As Trump ha-ha-ha--ha laughed about it.
And here's an addendum to make this SO much more Trumpian -- yesterday, the day Trump was "joking" about getting rid of journalists -- was the anniversary of when five journalists were killed at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, the deadliest mass-murder of journalists in the United States.
And to add to all this, Trump's "jokes" about Russia not having problems with journalists and just getting rid of them comes days before he sits down to meet with Mohammad bin Salman, crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who had an American resident journalist kidnapped, tortured, killed and dismembered.
And Trump will be honoring this cruel, murderous despot with the great respect of an official meeting. On the heels of joking with the cruel, murderous despot of Russia about getting rid of journalists.
Perhaps they're all going over how-to tips.
And all in the midst of Trump actually snarking with Putin who smirks back (most likely thinking, "What an idiot dupe this Russian asset is") about not meddling during the upcoming U.S. elections. For the record, Russia didn't "meddle" with the U.S. elections, it attacked the United States.
The only good thing about Trump's election "quips" with Putin is that it provided a 10-second clip that Democrats should and likely will be playing over and over and over during the coming election.
Here's a preview --