Briefing papers told Pres. Trump not to congratulate Putin on win

President Vladimir Putin of Russia

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKoch-backed group launches six-figure ad buy against Heitkamp Anti-abortion Dem wins primary fight Lipinski holds slim lead in tough IL primary fight MORE and his chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE are furious that details of the president's national security briefing materials telling him not to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin were leaked to the press, according to a CNN report Wednesday. John McCain, R-Ariz., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, who wrote on Twitter: "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

In the absence of dynamic and well known opponents, Putin swept to victory on Sunday to claim another six-year term that could keep him in power for longer than any leader of Russian Federation since Soviet autocrat Joseph Stalin.

Trump did tell reporters that he would meet with Putin in the "not too distant future".

Outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said it's "almost beyond comprehension" why a state actor would deploy such a risky substance in a public place in a foreign country where others could be exposed.

Russian Federation has said that it is developing several new strategic weapons, which it called an affordable response to the United States pursuit of a global anti-ballistic missile defense system.

Some commentators pushed back on the notion that Trump's outreach is akin to that of his predecessors, noting Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election.

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.

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The leaders also paid "special attention" to 'working out the issue of holding a possible meeting at the highest level'.

The White House had earlier indicated that no call with Putin was planned, as the Russian leader played down talk of a rift.

Russian Federation has repeatedly said it hoped for better ties with the US under Trump.

The president said he wants to discuss Syria, Ukraine and North Korea with the Russian leader, as well as what he described as an "arms race" between their two countries.

According to Russian media, the Kremlin said the two leaders expressed satisfaction over the reduction of tension on the Korean Peninsula, and stressed the necessity of continuing consistent efforts to resolve the situation through peaceful, diplomatic means.

Moscow said it was not seeking to engage in a new arms race with the USA, but needed new weapons to dissuade American military planners and politicians from presuming that a nuclear strike against Russian Federation could succeed in preventing a retaliatory strike against America.

The leak further cast doubt on McMaster's longevity in the top foreign policy post: The guidance for Trump had been prepared by his staff. Trump has been moving toward replacing McMaster on the advice of Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, but has not settled on timing or a successor. Many others, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sent congratulatory telegrams.

On Sunday, Putin won more than 75% of the vote in Russia's presidential election, securing him at least another six years in power.


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