President Trump was advised against congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory but Mr. Trump did so anyway.
Washington, (Pakistan Point News - 21st Mar, 2018) : President Trump was advised against congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory but Mr. Trump did so anyway. Trump was briefed to prepare him for the call with Putin, and a recommendation was made against congratulating Putin. Mr. Trump ultimately congratulated the Russian president, after an election filled with accusations of ballot stuffing. Mr. Trump went against the advice of his National Security Council in congratulating Putin, claiming Mr.
Trump even had a section in his briefing materials with the words, "'DO NOT CONGRATULATE,'" in all caps. The people advise the president, but the president makes the decision and obviously doesn't have to adhere to recommendations. In this case, Mr. Trump ultimately decided to congratulate Putin. Mr. Trump's decision to congratulate the foreign leader, given the election circumstances and given that the U.S. and ally nations have accused Russia of being behind the suspected nerve poisoning attack in the United Kingdom did not sit well even with some members of Mr.
Trump's own party. "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement. "And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin's regime.
" Mr. Trump on Tuesday said he hopes to "get together in the not-too-distant future" with Putin so "we can discuss the arms race." But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said there are no plans to do so soon. Sanders would not directly answer whether the White House believes Russia's election was free and fair in Tuesday's press briefing. "In terms of the election, there we're focused on our elections. We don't get to dictate how other countries operate," she said.