Trump Ignored Explicit, All-Caps Instructions to 'NOT CONGRATULATE' Putin

Moscow wants apologies from London

After multiple administration officials put out statements condemning Russian Federation for the attack, the White House responded by imposing sanctions on Russian Federation for the poisoning and its interference in the 2016 election.

Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic, called the president's call "odd".

The White House said that in a telephone conversation on Tuesday, Trump and Putin discussed bilateral relations and the need to continue dialogue on key security priorities and challenges.

The British government has blamed Moscow for the attack with a military-grade nerve agent.

"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate", she said. He also did not press Putin on Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"The president can call whomever he chooses", McConnell said at his weekly news conference, the Post reported.

Trump added the arms race between the USA and Russian Federation "is getting out of control. but we will never allow anybody to have anything close to what we have".

The former United States presidential candidate John McCain was quick to criticize Trump for his failure to raise allegations of widespread voter irregularities.

He said Trump had "insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future".

McCain has previously called Putin a murderer and a thug.

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The report cited officials familiar with the call, who said that Trump allegedly chose to ignore the warning and also did not listen to aides who instructed Trump to condemn Russian Federation on using a nerve agent in the U.K. Trump also did not bring up Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told members of the press, CNN reported.

"I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory", Trump told reporters as he and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sat down in the Oval Office. "Also to discuss Ukraine, Syria and North Korea and various other things".

Even on Monday, the White House said Trump had no plans to congratulate Putin.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he called Russia President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his election victory and suggested the two leaders would meet shortly.

"Satisfaction has been expressed with a certain decrease in tensions around the Korean peninsula", the Kremlin said.

"The two leaders discussed Syria-related topics and the Ukrainian crisis", the Kremlin said.

But the two leaders did not discuss Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election or the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent targeted with a nerve agent in the UK.

The call had "a focus on overcoming the accumulated problems in Russian-American relations", the Kremlin said.

"No", Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax news agency when asked if the two men had touched upon the poisoning of Skripal and his daughter.

The White House declined to comment to the Post on Trump's briefing materials, and the story noted that officials said it was not clear if Trump read the notes. Putin's main opponent was not allowed to run, and there were rampant allegations of ballot stuffing to pad Putin's margin of victory.

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