President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Vladimir Putin on his re-election, a week after the United States took a harder stance toward Russian Federation, and said they would likely meet soon to discuss the arms race and crises in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea.
Trump's comments in the Oval Office come after what he says was a "very good call" with Putin Tuesday morning to congratulate him on his re-election Sunday to a fourth six-year term as Russia's leader.
Mr. Trump said they will likely get together in the not-too distant future to discuss the arms race, which Mr. Trump said is getting out of control.
The Post noted that the same briefing document supplied to the president about the call also urged Trump to discuss allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and to condemn a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England earlier this month. President Donald Trump is being criticized by Sen.
"An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", said Senator John McCain.
Trump's congratulatory call comes as suspicion of rigged election procedures in Russian Federation abounds, including Putin's primary opponent, Alexei Navalny, being barred from the ballot, according to The Washington Post.
The flap comes as Donald Trump continues to fight off allegations that his campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the 2016 election. She also cited a preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that said Russia's election took place in an overly controlled environment that lacked an even playing field for all contenders.
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Russian Federation is expected to announce the expulsion of some British diplomats in a retaliatory measure. The British ambassador had been expecting this call for three days.
Of a potential meeting between Trump and Putin, Sanders said: "There are no specific plans made at this time".
To be fair, congratulatory calls aren't entirely out of the ordinary.
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 worldwide terrorism".
Mr. Trump's congratulatory call comes after the US and other ally nations have condemned Russian Federation over a suspected nerve gas attack in London. He has also spoken about the need to avoid another arms race, despite using his pre-election address to showcase new Russian arms. Russian Federation has denied the accusations.
The Kremlin said Tuesday's conversation had been broadly constructive and focused on overcoming problems in relations.
The White House said Trump limited conversation to "shared topics" on which the United States and Russian Federation could find common ground, like Ukraine, Syria, and North Korea.
"As I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment, there is nobody that even comes close to us in terms of the technology and the quality of the equipment", the president continued.