Published: Wed, March 21, 2018
Medical | By Mark Scott

Trump to 'get together in the not too distant future' with Putin

Trump to 'get together in the not too distant future' with Putin

U.S. President Donald Trump has congratulated Vladimir Putin two days after the Russian leader's landslide election victory, saying he hopes the two leaders will soon meet to discuss several crises around the world.

Sanders said Trump didn't criticize the conduct of Russia's election in the call.

"The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race".

Shortly after Mr. Trump and Putin spoke, the top members on the Senate Intelligence Committee held a press conference condemning Russian Federation for allegedly attempting to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has often refrained from outright condemnation of Russian Federation and has mostly refused to comment on claims that the country tried to influence the last presidential election.

"I had a call with President Putin, and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory", Trump said, ignoring concerns about the vote being rigged in the Russian strongman's favor.

The White House declined to comment to the Post on Trump's briefing materials, and the story noted that officials said it was not clear if Trump read the notes.

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. He also did not press Putin on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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

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

The Kremlin also said on Tuesday that Trump congratulated Putin on his win during their call and the leaders spoke "in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating global terrorism".

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.

In speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Donald Trump said he and Vladimir Putin planned to have another meeting sometime in the near future to discuss the "arms race".

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

Asked whether the Trump administration believes Russian Federation conducted a "free and fair" election, Sanders said the administration is focused on USA elections. He said that during their hoped-for meeting the two men would likely discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, among other things.

Putin received calls from a number of other foreign leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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.

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