During the call, Mr Trump did not mention the issue that has sparked growing Western tensions with Moscow - the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain.

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.

"I called President Putin of Russian Federation to congratulate him on his election victory", Trump tweeted.

Administration officials said it was unclear if the President had seen the briefing memo that was leaked to the Post. He told reporters after the call, "We'll probably be meeting in the not-too-distant future". They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race.

Trump received criticism from several Republican lawmakers, including Sen.

Trump also said that in the past 42nd US President Bill Clinton, 43rd US President George W. Bush, and 44th US President Barack Obama tried to get along with Russian Federation, but lacked the "chemistry", "smarts", and "energy".

While most Americans want to believe that all government actions and authority are vested in those we elect, there's at least some chance that Trump is right - that unelected officials with concerns about his foreign policy choices are leaking against their commander-in-chief to embarrass him, alter his behavior, or bring about his political demise. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former CIA Director John Brennan, argued the President of the United States should take a harder line against Putin's "sham" victory.

The White House is now investigating and looking for the person or persons involved in the leak, which supposedly made Trump furious, CNN reported.

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. The White House is not formally acknowledging the veracity of the presidential guidance first reported by The Washington Post.

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. Three of Trump's associates - former national security adviser Michael Flynn, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates and campaign aide George Papadopoulos - have pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and agreed to cooperate.

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". One of those officials was responsible for British soccer fans headed to Russian Federation for the games, according to Johnson.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged later Tuesday that Trump also did not mention the recent nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom - for which the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany have blamed Russia.

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