Trump calls to congratulate Putin on election win

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Trump congratulated President Putin on his March 18 re-election and emphasised the importance of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula, said a readout of the phone call.

"The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including ensuring strategic stability and combating worldwide terrorism".

Bosom buddies Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump had a rip-roaring time on the horn when Trump congratulated the Russian president for winning the "election".

"I congratulated him on the victory, the electoral victory,"Trump told reporters at the White House while meeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman".

Trump, who initiated the call, opened it with the congratulations for Putin, one person familiar with the conversation said.

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Putin's landslide victory in Sunday's election has been tainted with accusations of vote rigging.

The Kremlin said the conversation between the U.S. and Russian presidents was "constructive and business-like", adding that Russia hoped to "overcome problems" that had arisen between the two nations. He has likened attacks on American justice officials by Trump as doing Putin's work.

Trump's congratulatory call comes as suspicion of rigged election procedures in Russian Federation abounds, including Putin's primary opponent, Alexei Navalny, being barred from the ballot, according to The Washington Post.

The UK government blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation, which denies any involvement.

A number of Republicans criticized Trump for making the call, including Senator Mitch McConnell, who said that there was a "lack of credibility" in the election result.

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Nor did President Trump discuss Russia's attacks on the US election system or the USA power grid. Huckabee said, "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate".

The report comes as Trump faces intense criticism for congratulating Putin.

Trump continues to grapple with the shadow of the ongoing investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 election.

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller and three congressional committees are investigating the alleged Russian meddling in the election and whether associates of Trump colluded with Russia.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the two leaders didn't discuss the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain. The US president's obvious admiration for Mr. Putin has roused alarm, scorn and even derision among his countrymen.

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