Kremlin announces President Trump’s call to congratulate Vladimir Putin on his election victory. National security advisers warned against the call.
President Donald Trump spoke to Vladimir Putin over the phone Tuesday morning, after the Russian leader’s overwhelming re-election victory.
On March 20, Trump stated:
“I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory.”
On March 21, Trump tweeted:
“I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also). The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing…….”
…..They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race. Bush tried to get along, but didn’t have the “smarts.” Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Trump’s national security advisers had presented him with written briefing materials in capitals saying:
“DO NOT CONGRATULATE.”
It was not clear if Trump, who prefers to hear briefings, read the notes, sources said.
The phone call prompted a response from Senator John McCain, R-Ariz, who said in a statement:
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. 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.”
John Brennan, ex-CIA, told MSNBC:
“I think the president has shown a lack of understanding of international affairs as well as a real ignorance of what it takes to be president.”