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WaPo: Trump ignored briefing materials that said not to congratulate Putin

WaPo: Trump ignored briefing materials that said not to congratulate Putin WaPo: Trump ignored briefing materials that said not to congratulate Putin
| 21 March, 2018, 08:20

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for winning reelection earlier this month, provoking a strong rebuke from GOP Sen.

He said he wants to meet with Putin in the "not too distant future" to discuss the "arms race" between Russian Federation and the US. "We'll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control". "Special attention was focused on the issue of a possible top-level meeting", the Kremlin said.

"The two leaders confirmed the need for the United States and Russian Federation to continue our shared efforts on strategic stability", it said. "As you know, he made a statement that being in an arms race is not a great thing - that was right after the election, one of the first statements he made".

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.

"We had a very good call, ' Trump said".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters today, "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there was a "lack of credibility in tallying the result". "I wouldn't read much into it", Corker said. Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to win his fourth term as he got 75.91 percent of the votes after 70 percent of the ballots were counted, preliminary data from the Central Election Commission (CEC) showed. According to the latest update of the Russian Central Election Commission, incumbent President Vladimir Putin is scoring 76.6% of the vote. The problem of Syria was discussed, as was the internal crisis in Ukraine.


Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the meeting could happen soon and they would likely follow up on Putin's recent declaration that he does not want an arms race with the United States.

On March 15, Washington imposed sanctions on Russian entities and individuals over what US intelligence agencies say was Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election that put Trump in the White House.

Putin denied that Russian Federation had any role and called the claim "nonsense".

The revelation adds another layer to an emerging portrait in which Trump has repeatedly been reluctant to confront Putin amid an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 race in his favor.

Meanwhile, critics laid into Trump earlier this month for his lukewarm response to the nerve-agent attack on former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both of whom are now on life support.

Ahead of Tuesday's phone call, national security aides provided Trump with several handwritten notecards filled with talking points to guide his conversation, as is customary for calls with foreign leaders, according to the officials with knowledge of the call, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

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