Donald Trump has defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian President's disputed re-election victory, following reports he was explicitly warned in a pre-phone call briefing not to congratulate the leader. "This is unacceptable", the White House official said, speaking about the leak that some believe was an attempt to embarrass the President and National Security Adviser HR McMaster. An interview with Mr. Dershowitz on Fox News on Tuesday and an opinion piece by Mr. Dershowitz published on Wednesday did not include the exact phrasing that Mr. Trump used in his tweets. Trump indicated that calling Putin was the right thing to do since Russian Federation can help the United States deal with some of its problems, The Guardian reported.
Photo Mr. Trump's defense of his phone call with President Vladimir V. Putin pointed up his aversion to confronting Russian Federation about its misdeeds. The ABC reported administration officials as saying that it was unclear if Trump had seen the briefing memo.
The US president said the pair would meet in the "not too distant future" to discuss limiting a growing arms race, Ukraine and Syria. "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation ( and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing".
Trump received criticism from several Republican lawmakers, including Sen.
The Putin phone-call leak recalls Trump's early months in office, which were plagued with leaks about phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. He was also concerned about the leak as he believed continuing to leak things out is unsafe. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the USA presidential election. It speaks to Trump's dysfunction that sometimes the only way his staff can deliver a message to him that he'll pay attention to, is through press leaks. That someone in the national security apparatus was apparently willing to leak sensitive documents and information to reporters about the President's calls to other world leaders lends credence to President Trump's theory that there is a "deep state" working to undermine him.
Evening forecast for Tuesday, March 20
A few snowflakes could fall Wednesday evening in a tangible reminder that the arrival of spring doesn't always obey the calendar. Be sure to dress warmly for the morning as it is a bit of a shake up compared to what we've had over the past several days.
As he defended his actions, Trump mentioned the presidents before him and called them out for their supposed inability to "get along" with Putin and Russian Federation, in general. That's the catchall phrase for career officials and the Washington establishment who, Trump believes, have tried to protect their own grasp on power by sabotaging him.
According to the Kremlin, Trump and Putin discussed the need to restrict the arms race between the two nations.
The tweets left Trump's administration in disarray, holding two starkly contrasting positions on Russian Federation - one espoused by a Russophile president and another from a cabinet and White House more skeptical of Putin's role.
In Russia, which calls the Second World War the Great Patriotic War, as the Soviet Union lost more than 26 million people between 1941 and 1945, the comparison to Hitler enraged the Government and members of the public alike, and was further evidenced by responses on social media.