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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

"I think Putin's a criminal", he said.

Trump is facing criticism for his congratulatory remarks from Sen.

At the State Department, spokeswoman Heather Nauert said it was "no surprise" that Putin was re-elected, commenting that some people were paid to turn out to vote and opposition leaders were intimidated or jailed. Trump said the call with Putin was "a very good call", and he added that he would be meeting with the Russian leader "in the not-too-distant future". She says the USA has every reason to believe that report is correct.

Donald Trump congratulated Putin on his election victory Sunday, according to a statement published on the Kremlin's official website.

Trump also congratulated Putin on his re-election and they discussed bilateral cooperation in a phone call on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.

One of the White House officials described anger and disappointment in the West Wing over the leak.

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Trump's Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there are no specific plans made at this time for the talks.

Some commentators pushed back on the notion that Trump's outreach is akin to that of his predecessors, noting Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election.

"We are spending $700 billion this year on our military and a lot of it is that we are going to remain stronger than any other nation in the world by far", he said. The Post reported that the materials read "DO NOT CONGRATULATE".

The action and reaction fit a Trump White House pattern of declining to chide authoritarian regimes for undemocratic practices. "When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results I'm always reminded of the elections they have in nearly every communist country, where whoever the dictator was of the moment, always got a huge percentage of the vote". "Putin has been elected in their country and it not something we can dictate to them how they operate".

Moscow said it was not seeking to engage in a new arms race with the USA, but needed new weapons to dissuade American military planners and politicians from presuming that a nuclear strike against Russian Federation could succeed in preventing a retaliatory strike against America. Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

The Kremlin said in a statement that Trump and Putin spoke about a need to "co-ordinate efforts to limit the arms race" and for closer co-operation on strategic stability and counterterrorism. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person before the call. "Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day", Trump said in a closed-door speech to Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida several weeks ago, a recording of which was obtained by CNN.


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