Briefing papers warned Trump: 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE' Putin

Carla Harmon
March 21, 2018

Washington's upheaval of the hour is about Donald Trump, against the directions of his advisers, congratulating Vladimir Putin on his election victory in Russian Federation. Trump's action seems like a disgrace, given that Putin rigged the Russian election, interfered in the USA election, poisoned two exiled Russians in Britain, invaded Ukraine, etc., and given Trump's general failure to call out or stand up to Putin. The result of the election, however, was never in doubt, given Putin's autocratic stranglehold on power.

"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", McCain said in a statement Tuesday. 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.

The issue came up on Wednesday in a telephone call between Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron, who is scheduled to visit the White House in late April, according to a White House statement.

"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate. Putin has been elected in their country and it not something we can dictate to them how they operate", Sanders said.


Trump told reporters that he had offered his well wishes on Putin's new six-year term during a conversation on a range of topics, including arms control and the security situations in Syria and North Korea.

"This is unacceptable", the official said, speaking about the leak that some believe was an attempt to embarrass the President and national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who was there for the call. Trump also said the two discussed getting together sometime in the near future. "As you know, President Putin is open to normalizing relations", he said.

No details were released about the timing or location of a possible meeting with Putin, which would be the third since Trump took office in January 2017.

"The focus was to talk about areas of shared interests", Sanders said.


Some Republicans, however, said they had no problem with Trump making the call. Sen.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called the leak a "bigger outrage" than Trump's congratulations for Putin. 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.

Investigations into Russia's alleged interference in the election are still underway, including one by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and another by a Congressional committee.


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