Advisers wrote DO NOT CONGRATULATE on briefing newspapers but chairman suggests he has the smart-aleckies to deal with Russian leader
Donald Trump defended himself against criticism over his congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin following the Russian president's recent re-election, insisting on Wednesday afternoon it was in US interests to maintain a positive rapport with Moscow.
Trump addressed the call in a series of tweets, hours after it was reported that he eluded a particular warning from his national security team not to congratulate Putin on his securing of a fourth term in power.
” I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory( in past, Obama called him also ),” Trump said.” The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Get together with Russia( and others) is a good thing , not a bad thing …….”