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Trump Criticized For Congratulating Putin On Sunday's Election Win

Donald Trump Trump Criticized For Congratulating Putin On Sunday's Election Win
Isabel Fisher | 21 March, 2018, 08:19

President Donald Trump's national-security advisers reportedly gave him two sets of instructions on Tuesday: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Russian President Vladimir Putin on his election victory, and condemn Russia for the nerve-agent attack on a former Russian spy in the UK.

The outrage was quickly overshadowed on social media when users pointed out the blatant hypocrisy; noting former President Barack Obama called Putin following his election in 2012.

"I suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control", Trump said.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, called the president's call "odd". "An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", a statement issued by his office read. After multiple administration officials put out statements condemning Russian Federation for the attack, the White House responded by imposing sanctions on Russian Federation for the poisoning and its interference in the 2016 election.

During Tuesday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if the topic of Saudi Arabia's human rights violations came up during Trump's meeting with the crown prince.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees are investigating the alleged Russian meddling in the election and whether associates of Trump colluded with Russia.

Crises in Syria and Ukraine were also discussed.

Of a potential meeting between Trump and Putin, Sanders said: "There are no specific plans made at this time".


Republican U.S. Senator John McCain chastised Trump for the congratulatory call.

"The two leaders spoke out in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating global terrorism". Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

What they didn't discuss today was noteworthy as well: Trump did not raise Russia's meddling in the USA elections or its suspected involvement in the recent poisoning of a former spy in Britain.

Sanders adds that the call was meant to discuss areas of cooperation between the USA and Russian Federation.

Russian Federation denies meddling and Trump says there was no collusion.

Trump and Putin last met in Vietnam during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

Other western leaders have called Putin following the Russian election, including the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and President Emmanuel Macron of France.

"As I said before, when it comes to the missiles and the planes and all of the military equipment, there is nobody that even comes close to us in terms of the technology and the quality of the equipment", the president continued.

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