Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Trump, Putin Speak; Kremlin Says Call Was Congratulatory

Trump, Putin Speak; Kremlin Says Call Was Congratulatory

"We don't get to dictate how our countries operate, " Sanders said. Russian Federation denies interference in the election. "The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race".

"I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on his electoral victory", Trump said, two days after Putin's re-election.

McCain has previously called Putin a murderer and a thug.

Shortly after Mr. Trump and Putin spoke, the top members on the Senate Intelligence Committee held a press conference condemning Russian Federation for allegedly attempting to meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

"I suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race, to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control, but we will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have", Trump said. He said that during their hoped-for meeting the two men would likely discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, among other things.

The Post, citing an unspecified number of officials familiar with the call, said Trump likewise did not listen to aides who gave him talking points to condemn a nerve agent poisoning in the United Kingdom, which the USA has blamed on Russian Federation. He noted that in Chechnya turnout was reported at 37 percent where there were election observers and 99 percent where there weren't.

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President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on his reelection, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating "DO NOT CONGRATULATE", according to officials familiar with the call.

"The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical cooperation in different spheres, including on questions of how to ensure strategic stability and fight global terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.

Ahead of Tuesday's phone call, national security aides provided Trump with several handwritten notecards filled with talking points to guide his conversation, as is customary for calls with foreign leaders, according to the officials with knowledge of the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday that he doesn't consider Trump's silence an "unfriendly move".

The White House said Monday that it is "not surprised by the outcome" of Sunday's election, and that no congratulatory call was planned. Although global observers panned the vote, concluding it "lacked real competition", the Kremlin and its state-run media have focused on highlighting calls from foreign, particularly Western leaders, in the election's aftermath.

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