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Trump in Tweet Defends Congratulatory Call to Putin on Election

22 March 2018

The Washington Post cited "officials familiar with the call" who said national security advisors specifically instructed "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in the president's briefing book for his phone call with Putin.

The White House press office declined to comment on the briefing materials given to Trump.

The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew on Wednesday into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing.

Trump did tell reporters that he would meet with Putin in the "not too distant future".

For all we've learned about his ties to Russia, Donald Trump's continued paeans to Vladimir Putin remain the most puzzling aspect of his presidency.

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, called the president's call "odd".

Trump himself hasn't been shy about sharing his cordial communications with Putin.

Although the nerve attack has topped global headlines for weeks, it did not come up during the leaders' conversation, according to both the Kremlin and White House.

"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate".

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Trump says Russian Federation can "help solve problems" from North Korea to "the coming Arms Race".

Aides had been stunned by Trump's decision to call Putin in the first place, but were even more surprised when he ignored their notes warning him explicitly "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" and committed to a summit meeting soon.

No, the problem is that someone in Trump's inner circle leaked out word that the president risked national security by calling up a strongman who might just have serious leverage over him.

Tension between the United Kingdom and Russia has risen since the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russian Federation has denied the accusation.

Mr Putin recently won re-election with 76 per cent of the vote, amid claims of ballot stuffing, and will remain Russian president until 2024. This isn't a time for "congratulations" - it's a time for coordinated action to deal with the threat Putin poses.

"We've been very clear in the actions that we've taken that we're going to be tough on Russian Federation, particularly when it comes to areas that we feel where they've stepped out of place". He says the British embassy official in charge of fan safety was one of 23 diplomats expelled by Russian Federation in a tit-for-tat feud over the poisoning.

The leaders also paid "special attention" to 'working out the issue of holding a possible meeting at the highest level'.

According to Russian media, the Kremlin said the two leaders expressed satisfaction over the reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula, and stressed the necessity of continuing consistent efforts to resolve the situation through peaceful, diplomatic means.

Trump in Tweet Defends Congratulatory Call to Putin on Election