Watch Anderson Cooper's damning supercut of Trump touting his relationship with Putin

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Although Trump said early in his campaign that he and the Russian leader were good friends, he later acknowledged that he had never met Putin.

"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", Sen.

In response, Trump supporters pointed out that former President Barack Obama called Putin to congratulate him after he won the presidency in 2012. He was also concerned about the leak as he believed continuing to leak things out is unsafe.

The US president said the pair would meet in the "not too distant future" to discuss limiting a growing arms race, Ukraine and Syria. Putin is also embroiled in other controversies such as the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian double spy in the United Kingdom.

Trump has insisted that maintaining a strong personal relationship with Putin is the United States' best chance of improving ties with Russia and has signalled to allies that he trusts his own instincts in dealing with the Russian president.

It was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, read the talking points prepared by his national security team before the call. At the same time, Trump has refused to publicly criticize Putin.

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But after a call Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, the White House issued a statement saying, "The Presidents reiterated their solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia's use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil and agreed on the need to take action to hold Russian Federation accountable".

It was that rationale that Mr. Trump appeared to embrace on Wednesday.

"I think it's an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of Putin glorying in this sporting event", Johnson told MPs in the House of Commons. The Russian representative who vetoed the resolution also said reports of heavy civilian casualties were merely due to "mass psychosis". "Of course, this is not enough, we need a real breakthrough, and in your active participation in the election and in your support, I see readiness for this work and these changes", the head of state said.

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 USA election and other "malicious cyberattacks".

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been reelected for another six years as a result of the presidential election in Russia on March 18, addressed the nation on March 23, after the Central Electoral Commission announced the final result of the vote.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Putin this week. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person before the call.