Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Trump Calls Putin To Congratulate Him On Election Win

Trump Calls Putin To Congratulate Him On Election Win

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he called Russia President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his election victory and suggested the two leaders would meet shortly.

Donald Trump has called to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his landslide victory in Sunday's elections, breaking a taboo among western leaders in appearing to endorse the Russian leader's re-election to a fourth term in power.

"I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory", Trump told reporters at the White House before his meeting with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

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.

"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", said Sen.

Asked by a reporter whether the White House believes the election in Russian Federation was free and fair, Sanders responded, "Look, in terms of the election, we're focused on our elections".

When asked if Russia's election was free and fair, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders responded: "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate".

But any meeting between the two leaders would be controversial, given the ongoing investigations into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 elections.

Crises in Syria and Ukraine were also discussed.

Trump praised Putin and called repeatedly for better ties with Russian Federation during his campaign, but relations have remained tense.

Republican U.S. Senator John McCain chastised Trump for the congratulatory call.

The Kremlin also said on Tuesday that Trump congratulated Putin on his win during their call and the leaders spoke "in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating global terrorism".

The two leaders talked over the phone on Tuesday and discussed U.S. -Russia relations and denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Talk of an "arms race" has increased since Putin held a blood-pumping State of the Union this month, where he showed off Russia's newest nuclear weapons, blaming the USA for leaving the anti-ballistic missile treaty, and telling his audience: "They didn't listen to us then". Information on Syria and North Korea were also provided to the president in writing before the call, officials said. Russian Federation has denied the allegations.

Trump and Putin last met in Vietnam during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The Kremlin said Tuesday's conversation between the two leaders had been broadly constructive and focused on overcoming problems in relations, which are at a post-Cold War low. Trump has repeatedly denied the charges and issued his strongest rebuke yet of special counsel Robert Mueller, attacking Mueller by name for the first time over the weekend while calling the investigation a "witch hunt". Three of Trump's associates - former national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and campaign aide George Papadopoulos - have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and agreed to cooperate.

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