President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation for his recent re-election victory and said the two are likely to meet soon to discuss the arms race between the United States and Russian Federation.
On Monday, the Washington Examiner reported that the White House was not surprised by Putin's election victory over the weekend, which came after the leading opposition candidate was forced out of the race.
At the White House briefing which followed Trump's comments, press secretary Sarah Sanders was immediately inundated with questions about Russian Federation.
The White House will issue a statement later on Tuesday, the official said.
The U.S. Department of Defense rolled out its budget for fiscal year 2019 in late February, asking Congress for 716 billion U.S. dollars for arms purchases and a staff expansion.
The president called Putin to congratulate him on his presidential win.
In a statement about the call between the two leaders, the Kremlin described diplomatic problems facing Russian Federation and the USA and confirmed Putin's intent to meet with Trump. Some world leaders have hesitated to congratulate Putin, since his reelection occurred in an environment of state control of much of the news media and with his most prominent opponent barred from the ballot.
Something which escaped the attention of Zachary Cohen and others, however, was that former President Barack Obama also congratulated Putin on his victory in 2012.
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that the meeting could happen soon and they would likely follow up on Putin's recent declaration that he does not want an arms race with the United States.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the two presidents also spoke Tuesday about the need to coordinate efforts to limit the arms race and closer cooperation on strategic stability and counter-terrorism. And Sen. John McCain of Arizona ripped Trump for congratulating Putin on winning another six-year term in an election whose outcome was never in doubt.
Dafuq? Notice he didn't mention the poisoning of an enemy and his daughter on British soil or Russia's ongoing cyber attacks.
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.
They also discussed the crises in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Pyongyang's nuclear programme as Trump pushes forward with plans for a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He's also pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
The administration also demanded that Russian Federation address the nerve toxin attack in England.
While many U.S. officials suggest a working relationship with Russian Federation would be a positive thing for the U.S., Sen.