Trump congratulates Putin and announces coming summit; Republicans furious
22 March, 2018, 01:33 | Author: Kim Reid
President Donald Trump's national-security advisers reportedly gave him two sets of instructions on Tuesday: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory, and condemn Russia for the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the UK.
In a telephonic conversation on Tuesday, Trump did not raise with Putin the "lopsided" nature of his victory, Russia's meddling in the USA presidential polls or Moscow's role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom, the Washington Post reported.
"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.
President Donald Trump of the United States has called to congratulate Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on his reelection.
"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".
Trump also confirmed that he had a "very good" phone call with Putin.
Trump's overture to Putin was criticized by top Republican senators: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there was a "lack of credibility in tallying the result".
Putin won the election handily over the weekend, garnering more than 75 percent of the votes and extending his rule for another six years - although there were reports of voter fraud and ballot stuffing.
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According to the Post, which cited unnamed sources, it was not clear whether Trump even read the pre-call notes. After multiple administration officials put out statements condemning Russian Federation for the attack, the White House responded by imposing sanctions on Russian Federation for the poisoning and its interference in the 2016 election.
He also did not press Putin on Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Trump has targeted countries such as Venezuela and Cambodia over its elections.
Mr Putin and Mr Trump agreed to instruct Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Mr Mike Pompeo, Mr Trump's Secretary of State pick, to make contact "as soon as possible" to discuss meeting logistics, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation, which denies any involvement. 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".
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