Latest outrage: Vladimir Putin call, leakers

24 March, 2018, 16:36 | Author: Lynette Payne
  • Trump explains why he congratulated Putin for election win, says other presidents lacked 'chemistry' with Russian leader

The Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has congratulated President Vladimir Putin on winning the Russian presidential election with over 75 percent of the vote, joining China that was the first world power to congratulate him on the resounding victory, which grants him a six-year mandate.

Mr Trump has called the probe a political witch hunt.

While Trump panders to Putin, his criticism of Mueller, is becoming harsher, as the investigation raises increasingly serious concerns about a web of ties connecting Trump's associates to Russian Federation.

Some Trump defenders noted that President Barack Obama also called Putin when he was elected president in 2012. It was unclear if he read the memo.

On Tuesday, the president said he hoped to meet Putin soon and discuss preventing an arms race - an arms race both leaders have encouraged with loose talk and investment in new weapons. "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing", the United States President wrote on Twitter.

The revelation that President Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin on his, um, hard fought re-election has set off a firestorm of criticism - from a Twitter scolding by Sen.

Critics of the president's call to the Russian president - despite his own national security team's written warning: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" - openly shared his dismay that a member of his team would give such sensitive information to the press. John McCain, R-Ariz., slammed Trump, saying "an American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

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The leak, which one CNN report described as contributing to the ongoing atmosphere of paranoia in the West Wing, has irked White House aides and infuriated Chief of Staff John Kelly who is working to find out who the leak is.

Against that backdrop, it should come as no surprise that Trump has a soft spot for Putin, a former KGB agent.

Our current president appears to only admire brutal and corrupt dictators, men like Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, and Vladimir Putin, president of Russian Federation. "I think President Trump was right when he said there never should have been a Special Council appointed because there was no probable cause for believing that there was any crime, collusion or otherwise, or obstruction of justice!" "Also to discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea and other things".

But Mr Trump on Wednesday agreed with Mr Macron on the need to "hold Russian Federation accountable" for the spy attack, according to the White House. According to accounts from the White House and the Kremlin, Trump did not do that either.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged later Tuesday that Trump also did not mention the recent nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom - for which the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany have blamed Russia.

The Kremlin also said on Tuesday that Trump congratulated Putin on his win during their call and the leaders spoke "in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating worldwide terrorism". Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.

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