There will be "widespread civil unrest" if Trump fires Mueller Attorneys for Trump, Mueller hold face-to-face meeting to discuss potential interview topics: report Trump tariffs not helpful for nuclear talks, South Korea says MORE congratulated his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory despite his national security advisers warning him specifically not to do so, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
Last week, the Trump administration hardened its stance on Russia by accusing Moscow of hacking into America's energy grid and approving the first sanctions on Russian entities and citizens for meddling in the 2016 us election. The result of the election, however, was never in doubt, given Putin's autocratic stranglehold on power. "And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election".
Since the election, Putin has toned down his rhetoric against the West, saying on March 19 that Russian Federation wants to build "constructive" relations with other countries but that "not everything depends on us".
"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate", she told reporters in a briefing. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump "can call whomever he chooses" but noted that calling Putin "wouldn't have been high on my list".
Sanders adds that the call was meant to discuss areas of cooperation between the US and Russian Federation.
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Trump also congratulated Putin on his re-election and they discussed bilateral cooperation in a phone call on Tuesday, the Kremlin said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said: "I don't believe that was discussed".
Trump did not comment on the attack at first, a move that floored former diplomats who wondered why the USA did not offer its immediate and unwavering support to its closest global ally.
"I wouldn't read much into it", Corker said, the Post reported.
The Post, citing an unspecified number of officials familiar with the call, said Trump likewise did not listen to aides who gave him talking points to condemn a nerve agent poisoning in the United Kingdom, which the USA has blamed on Russian Federation.
Any interactions between Trump and Putin are closely watched given the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. His tone has at times been at odds with his administration, which has taken stronger actions to counter Russian aggression, including Trump's authorization of new sanctions against Russia and additional support Ukrainian troops in their fight against Russian-backed forces in Crimea. They met on the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Germany last summer and again more informally at another gathering of world leaders in Vietnam in November. "The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical co-operation in different spheres, including on questions of how to ensure strategic stability and fight worldwide terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.