McCain Calls Out Trump For Applauding Putin On 'Sham' Election Victory

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The president said he and Mr. Putin would also discuss tensions in Ukraine, Syria and North Korea, among other issues.

Putin of Russian Federation was re-elected this week. Trump also said the two discussed getting together sometime in the near future.

"We will do everything to resolve all the differences with our partners using political and diplomatic channels", Putin said Monday.

The Kremlin spokesman says it's no big deal that U.S. President Donald Trump didn't congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election as president.

Both the Kremlin and the White House have said Trump called Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his election victory.

Trump continues to grapple with the shadow of the ongoing investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election that sent him to the White House. The election was tainted by reports of voting irregularities.

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"President Obama called Russian President-elect and Prime Minister Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election", according to the official summary, or "readout" of the call. Relations between the two countries instead have remained tense amid the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and the investigations of whether there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Mr. Trump noted that his administration was spending $700 billion to upgrade the American military, and said he would never allow Russian Federation, or any other country, to approach its military might. The White House declined to officially comment to CNN on the matter, with an official adding that they "cannot comment on alleged classified deliberative documents allegedly provided to the President".

White House staffers are frustrated by the damaging leak from a sensitive document accessible only to a select group of aides, the senior administration official told the AP.

"DO NOT CONGRATULATE", it reportedly said in all caps. "When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results". "Putin has been elected in their country and it not something we can dictate to them how they operate". Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

French President Emmanuel Macron wished Mr Putin success in "modernising Russia", but urged Moscow to shed light on the "unacceptable" attempted assassination of an ex-spy in Britain.

"We've been very clear in the actions that we've taken that we're going to be tough on Russian Federation, particularly when it comes to areas that we feel where they've stepped out of place", Sanders said. "I think it's, you know, fine. Maybe we'll have to give that a shot some day", Trump said in a closed-door speech to Republican donors at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida several weeks ago, a recording of which was obtained by CNN.

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