After the extraordinary win of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin in the re-elections by a massive margin, President Donald Trump had a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin on Tuesday morning.
“I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory,” Trump stated later that day. At the Oval Office where president Trump was meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, he also told the reporters, “We will probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control.”
Breaking News: President Trump called Vladimir Putin to congratulate him for his re-election victory, days after the White House imposed sanctions on Russia https://t.co/21JlHy2JDO
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 20, 2018
These statements from President Trump came some days after the sanctions inflicted by the White House on Russia regarding its supposed interference in the 2016 election and other “malicious cyber-attacks,” and also showed strong condemnation for its apparent role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.
Mr. Trump acclaimed that his administration plans on spending $700 billion in the process of upgrading the American military, and also declared that he would not at any cost let Russia, or any other country, to even come close the military might of America.
“We will never allow anybody to have anything even close to what we have,” Mr. Trump stated.
Sen. John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who is also serving as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, also criticized Mr. Trump’s call to Mr. Putin.
“An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” Mr. McCain stated in a statement released by his office. “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 to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime.”
When Obama called Putin and congratulated him on his reelection it was the right thing to do, President Trump called Putin and congratulated him on his reelection and the MSM, the left and rhinos are in an uproar.
— Lori Hendry (@Lrihendry) March 20, 2018
The Russian officials said that the call was made “on the initiative of the American side” and “focused on overcoming the problems that have accumulated in Russian-U.S. relations.”
It is a part of diplomacy to make such post-election phone calls. Mr. Obama had a talk with Mr. Putin over the telephone in March of 2012 in which he congratulated him on winning the elections at that time.
“An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., stated.
Putin had an outstanding lead of 76.6% of the votes in the re-elections, but there were numerous reports of ballot-box stuffing and the strongest opposition leader was banned from the ballot.
The leaders of the two nations reportedly also discussed other issues too, such as the Syrian civil war, the Ukrainian crisis, terrorism, nuclear disarmament and North Korean talks.