Trump Congratulates Putin On Totally Expected Victory In Russian Election

21 March, 2018, 08:06 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Vladimir Putin two days after the Russian leader's landslide election victory, saying he hopes the two leaders will soon meet to discuss several crises around the world.

"What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country", she said when asked if Trump believed Russia's recent vote was fair and free.

Conversely, the Kremlin said on Tuesday that the conversation between Trump and Putin can be viewed as constructive, with a focus on overcoming problems in relations.

The security briefing said in all capital letters, "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Putin, but Trump called on his own to offer congratulations to the Russian president.

The president has fiercely denied suggestions that Moscow played a role in his 2016 election, tweeting on Sunday, "There is NO COLLUSION!". "An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", a statement issued by his office read.

President Trump's eagerness to meet with Russian Federation in the near future comes at a tense time between the two nations.

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

The president also said he would talk to Putin about both countries' operations in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, but didn't elaborate on specific foreign policy proposals regarding those countries.

"We will never allow anybody to have anything close to what we have", Trump said.

The leaders underlined the importance of coordinated efforts on limiting the arms race are in favor of reviving economic cooperation, especially on energy.

During Tuesday's briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to a question about McCain's critique by saying, "The president has maintained that it is important for us to have a dialogue with Russian Federation".

Last week, the Trump administration hardened its stance on Russia by accusing Moscow of hacking into America's energy grid and approving the first sanctions on Russian entities and citizens for meddling in the 2016 us election.

But the two leaders did not discuss Russia's interference in the 2016 United States election or the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent targeted with a nerve agent in the UK.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump said he looks forward to meeting with Putin in person in the coming months to continue talking about a number of issues.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian news agencies separately that Putin and Trump had not discussed the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain.

The U.K. criticized the conduct of the election amid rising tensions after it blamed a nerve-agent attack on Russian Federation, which denies involvement.


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