Ignoring Problems With Russia, Trump Congratulates Putin On Victory

Ignoring Problems With Russia, Trump Congratulates Putin On Victory

"I met in May when we were over there, where a promise of $400 billion was made by Saudi Arabia for the purchase of our equipment and other things, and the relationship is probably the strongest that it's ever been".

The White House said in a statement that Trump and Putin in their phone call earlier on Tuesday discussed the bilateral relations, resolving to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election, Reuters reported. "The call had to do, also, with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race", he told reporters in Washington.

However, in his conversation with Putin, Trump did not raise Russia's election interference or its suspected involvement in the poisoning of a former spy on British soil, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Ignoring Problems With Russia, Trump Congratulates Putin On Victory
Ignoring Problems With Russia, Trump Congratulates Putin On Victory

Trump's decision to congratulate Putin on his victory prompted immediate criticism from Russian Federation hawks in Congress like Arizona Sen.

According to the Post, which cited unnamed sources, it was not clear whether Trump even read the pre-call notes.

Nauert's comments are notably tougher on Russian Federation than those of the White House.

Putin won a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them. The White House later said there were no specific plans for a summit meeting.

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Trump himself has always been reluctant to publicly criticize Putin.

The US leader failed to mention the nerve-agent attack - despite the US issuing a statement last week, along with Britain, France and Germany, condemning Russian Federation.

Russian Federation denies meddling and Trump says there was no collusion.

Trump's call came at a period of heightened tensions between the two nations after the White House imposed sanctions on Russian Federation for its interference in the 2016 US election and other "malicious cyberattacks". "You keep thinking it will change as he sees his own administration take action - that this never-ending well of support for Putin will some how subside".

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"We've been very clear in the actions that we've taken that we're going to be tough on Russian Federation, particularly when it comes to areas that we feel where they've stepped out of place". A Kremlin statement said the two leaders also discussed Syria and Ukraine.

The statement says they also expressed satisfaction with the apparent easing of tensions over North Korea's weapons program.

Putin and Trump agreed on the need to avoid an arms race and discussed "a possible high-level meeting", the Kremlin said.

While many U.S. officials suggest a working relationship with Russian Federation would be a positive thing for the U.S., Sen.

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