Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

PM congratulates Putin for re-election as Russian President

PM congratulates Putin for re-election as Russian President

Republican senator Marco Rubio admitted that he did not like the United States leader's congratulations to Putin.

The US President claimed it would have been "wrong" for him to "excoriate" Mr Putin because "getting along" with Moscow "is a good thing, not a bad thing". He was also concerned about the leak as he believed continuing to leak things out is unsafe.

What they didn't discuss on Tuesday was noteworthy as well: Trump did not raise Russia's meddling in the USA elections or its suspected involvement in the recent poisoning of a former spy in Britain.

As NBC News pointed out, Trump painted himself as the better president indicating he can achieve what Obama, Clinton, and whichever Bush he was referring to in his tweet failed to do.

Aides had been stunned by Trump's decision to call Putin in the first place, but were even more surprised when he ignored their notes warning him explicitly "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" and committed to a summit meeting soon.

Russian President Vladimir Putin won 76.69 percent of the votes in the presidential election on March 18 after all the ballots were counted, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said Friday. Trump indicated that calling Putin was the right thing to do since Russian Federation can help the United States deal with some of its problems, The Guardian reported.

The action and reaction fit a Trump White House pattern of declining to chide authoritarian regimes for undemocratic practices.

With regard to the "coming arms race", Vox reported that Trump is probably trying to turn Putin from "a foe to a friend" after the Russian president boasted of having nuclear weapons more advanced than what the United States and other countries have right now.

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The AC 360 host played supercuts of Trump praising Putin, contrasting it with Trump's famous penchant for fighting feuds on Twitter and through the media.

The Kremlin said the conversation between the U.S. and Russian presidents was "constructive and business-like", adding that Russia hoped to "overcome problems" that had arisen between the two nations. "I think Putin's a criminal".

Sasse reportedly said, "A president's staff shouldn't leak. I wouldn't have a conversation with a criminal".

The administration's posture fed the perception that, even as special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump is too infatuated with Putin to criticize him. Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

Speaking to Putin over hotline from New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi expressed his good wishes to the newly-elected President of Russian Federation and congratulated him for his awesome victory.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Putin this week.

Democratic Senator Mark Warner fumed that "the president did not even bring up the topic of our election security when he called Vladimir Putin".

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