Namibia Congratulates Putin On His Victory

Saul Franklin
March 24, 2018

"Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal", a senior White House official, who requested anonymity, said.

The official White House statement on the phone call said that the two leaders discussed "the state of bilateral relations and resolved to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges" and the importance of "denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula". It may be recalled that Putin received less than 65% of the votes polled in 2012.

The call was the latest indicator of Trump's personal reluctance to publicly criticize Putin.

Administration officials said it was unclear if the President had seen the briefing memo that was leaked to the Post.

Trump also said he and Putin might meet "in the not too distant future" to discuss the arms race and other matters.

"Having a good relationship with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing", the president-elect argued in January.

Republicans in Washington were critical of Trump's decision to congratulate Putin, but also lined up behind the president in anger about the leak. In November, after a meeting with Mr. Putin on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting in Danang, Vietnam, Mr. Trump said the Russian president "means it" when he denied having meddled in the 2016 election, and was "very insulted by" the charge, which is the conclusion of American intelligence agencies.

She said Namibia believes that with the same government Russian Federation will continue to play a pivotal role on the global front and at multilateral level as a member of the United Nations Security Council, where it has veto powers. John McCain (R-AZ), for congratulating Putin on his election when it has been widely reported that the election was rigged in Putin's favor.

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The tempest over President Donald Trump's congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin quickly grew into an uproar over White House leaks, sparking an internal investigation and speculation over who might be the next person Trump forces out of the West Wing. "In particular they underlined the importance of coordinated efforts to limit an arms race".

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with Russian Federation.

Against that backdrop, it should come as no surprise that Trump has a soft spot for Putin, a former KGB agent.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's call, noting Obama's similar call and saying, "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate". A report said the two leaders, besides exchanging pleasantries, agreed that there were issues of concern that needed to be addressed.

The White House chaos emerged as lawmakers heard that Russian Federation - slapped with United States sanctions over its meddling in the 2016 election - remains a menace as the country gears up for congressional polls in November.

Russian Federation has denounced Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's admission that Vladimir Putin will use this summer's World Cup like Adolf Hitler did in the 1936 Olympics as propaganda for his regime.

While the president has conceded Russian Federation was responsible for hacking into Democrats' email accounts, he refuses to point the finger of blame at Putin.

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