White House hunts leaker after Donald Trump congratulates Putin

Boris Johnson has renewed his attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin insisting the'trail from Salisbury'leads inexorably back to the Kremlin

Boris Johnson has renewed his attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin insisting the'trail from Salisbury'leads inexorably back to the Kremlin

However, the comments came a day after Trump called Putin to congratulate him on his re-election to the Russian presidency, drawing criticism for failing to condemn the poisoning or even mention the scandal.

As he defended his actions, Trump mentioned the presidents before him and called them out for their supposed inability to "get along" with Putin and Russian Federation, in general.

He added that the "fake news media" is crazed because they wanted him to excoriate Putin. After criticisms from both Republicans and Democrats, the POTUS defended his action, saying getting along with Russian Federation and "others" is a good thing and not a bad thing.

Mr Putin was re-elected by a landslide, with more than 76% of the vote, for a fourth six-year term.

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Aides included a section in Trump's briefing materials for his Tuesday morning phone call to Putin stating: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE", said the official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

Putin stressed that the strong civic activity and consolidation that the Russians showed during the presidential election on March 18 were extremely important in the face of internal and external challenges that Russia now faces. Bush tried to get along, but didn't have the "smarts".

"Russian citizens representing different nations and religions have entrusted you with the responsible task of being the president and caring for our whole people's welfare, strengthening peace, harmony and social justice", Bishop Pickel said.

In his briefing papers to prepare for the phone call with Putin, Trump was warned "do not congratulate" him, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Mr. Trump began his day on Wednesday indirectly criticizing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for the Russian Federation investigation, continuing to attack him by name against the advice of his own lawyers.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson supported the notion that President Putin will use the World Cup in the same way Hitler used the spectacle of the Olympic Games to legitimize his appalling regime, saying that the comparison, initially made by Ian Austin MP, "is certainly right".

The leak of such sensitive information about Oval Office deliberations points to deep frustration within the White House about the president's ad-hoc approach and disregard for the advice of his inner circle. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person before the call in the White House residence. Senator John McCain said "an American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

The phone call also came just days after the United States imposed sanctions against 19 Russian nationals and five entities over Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

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