President Trump Is fuming over Leaks of Not Congratulating Putin

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During a call with French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday, however, Trump expressed "solidarity with the United Kingdom in the wake of Russia's use of chemical weapons against private citizens on British soil", the White House said. An interview with Mr. Dershowitz on Fox News on Tuesday and an opinion piece by Mr. Dershowitz published on Wednesday did not include the exact phrasing that Mr. Trump used in his tweets. He also threw shade at Barack Obama, who also called Putin when he was elected in 2012, Foreign Policy reported back then.

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.

He tweeted, "I called President Putin of Russian Federation to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also)". The ABC reported administration officials as saying that it was unclear if Trump had seen the briefing memo. "The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race". "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation ( and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing".

Trump's call of congratulations to Putin drew bruising criticism from members of his own party even before the revelation that he was advised against it.

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The Putin phone-call leak recalls Trump's early months in office, which were plagued with leaks about phone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

She said Namibia believes that with the same government Russian Federation will continue to play a pivotal role on the worldwide front and at multilateral level as a member of the United Nations Security Council, where it has veto powers. There's nothing "special or pleasant" about Putin's winning, there's no "achievement" in winning a rigged election, and there's no "pride" or "satisfaction" to feel from a predetermined outcome (these are all the reasons the dictionary give for "congratulating" someone).

Trump himself weighed in Wednesday afternoon on Twitter, arguing that getting along with Russian Federation "is a good thing" because Moscow can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, the Islamic State, Iran and the arms race.

If Trump isn't Putin's lackey, it's past time for him to prove it.

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Aides had been stunned by Trump's decision to call Putin in the first place, but were even more surprised when he ignored their notes warning him explicitly "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" and committed to a summit meeting soon. A report said the two leaders, besides exchanging pleasantries, agreed that there were issues of concern that needed to be addressed. He said on Twitter that "this ongoing pattern of duplicity holds potential for serious damage to the nation".

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. Russian Federation has denied the accusation.

The White House told reporters Tuesday that it was important for the have a good relationship with Russian Federation and that the US couldn't control the way other countries held their elections.

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