In what was just one of five planned calls to world leaders, President Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke on Saturday for the first time since Trump was sworn in as our president.
Trump has already spoken by phone with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Francois Hollande and is scheduled to speak later on Sunday with Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull.
The almost hour-long conversation was described in a White House statement as “positive” and “a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States and Russia that is in need of repair.”
White House press secretary Sean Spicer said President Trump took the call while he was with some of his top advisers, including Vice President Mike Pence, White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and chief of staff Reince Priebus.
Putin congratulated Trump and wished him success.
The White House said the two world leaders discussed a number of international issues from fighting terrorism to the conflict in Syria, stating, “Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.”
The Kremlin in Russia also commented on the conversation on their website and said the world leaders talked about Ukraine, Iran’s nuclear program, North Korean aggression, and better trade and economic ties, but made no mention of the sanctions.
The leaders said they would “maintain regular personal contacts,” according to the Kremlin, and would work on a date to meet face-to-face.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) January 28, 2017
The Kremlin site stated that Trump and Putin talked about coordinating efforts to defeat the Islamic State and other terror groups around the world, particularly in Syria, torn apart by a bloody civil war that is approaching its sixth anniversary. The United States has pushed to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while the Russians are continuing to back him.
Putin and Trump agreed to work on stabilizing U.S.-Russian relations, which became strained under the Obama administration.
President Trump’s possible mending of relationships with Russia doesn’t sit well with certain American politicians.
Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain said in a statement, “For the sake of America’s national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation … and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.”
On Friday, alongside British Prime Minster Theresa May, whose country, as part of the European Union, also levied sanctions on Russia following its provocations in Ukraine, President Trump said, “We’ll see what happens. As far as the sanctions, [it’s] very early to be talking about that.”
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H/T: Fox News
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