Trump calls to congratulate Putin on his re-election

Trump calls to congratulate Putin on his re-election

"We'll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future", Trump said of Putin, though Sanders emphasized that nothing was planned.

Putin's latest consolidation of power came in what foreign policy analysts said was a rigged election in which he got 76 percent of the vote against several minor candidates.

"A special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit", the Kremlin statement said.

"It's blatantly obvious that he has just an inexplicable level of support for President Putin", said Julie Smith, a European security expert who served as deputy national security adviser for former vice president Joe Biden.

White House officials confirmed the call, but yet to provide details of their conversation, Washington Post reports.

Trump's call with Putin came less than a week after the US issued financial sanctions against a St. Petersburg-based "troll farm" and Russian intelligence services that are alleged to have meddled in the 2016 election on the president's behalf.

After answering questions about the bombings in Austin during a joint press conference with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House, a reporter asked an inaudible question, to which Trump responded: "I had a call with president Putin and congratulated him on his election victory". President Trump also floated the idea of working with Russian Federation in the near future.


The White House declined to say if the Trump administration believed the Russian election was free and fair.

"Satisfaction was expressed with a certain degree of a decrease in tensions around the Korean Peninsula". He said that during their hoped-for meeting the two men would likely discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, among other things.

Trump offered highlights from what he called a "very good call" with Putin.

Putin won a fourth presidential term in Sunday's Russian election, allowing him to serve until 2024.

The also approved 1st sanctions on Russian entities and individuals for alleged meddling in the 2016 election.

The coordinated approach followed the Salisbury nerve agent attack earlier this month that has left a former Russian double agent and his daughter in comas and has plunged relations between London and Moscow to their worst in a generation.

Even as Russian Federation continues to flaunt new weapons and military technology, Trump seems far from anxious and expressed confidence in the current USA military stature. After the meeting, a diplomatic dust-up immediately broke out over whether Trump accepted Putin's assurances there was no Russian involvement in the 2016 election.

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