Trump, Putin Speak After Russian Leader Praises US Economy

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According to AP, the Kremlin statement noted that Trump initiated the call.

The call came Thursday, after Putin used his annual news conference to praise the US financial markets' rise and other "quite serious achievements" under Trump, whom he said he was on first-name terms with.

"Look at the markets, which have grown".

The US political establishment has been wary of any close contacts between the White House and the Kremlin amid the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and allegations that Trump's election team colluded with Moscow.

The former USA ambassador to Russia said Friday that it was "shocking" that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE was allowed to call Russian President Vladimir Putin and thank him for praising the US economy. However, he added that the improving state of the American economy under Trump's presidency should be acknowledged, even by his critics.

Since taking office, Mr Trump has made a series of contrasting comments about whether he believes the Russians were involved in disrupting last year's election - as America's intelligence agencies have concluded. Describing his conversation with Putin, Trump said it was "great".

"With all due respect to those in opposition to President Trump in the United States, these are objective factors".

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Instead, relations have soured further amid intensifying U.S. investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign that was aimed at helping Mr Trump win.

"What did someone see that was egregious about this?"

"All of it was invented by people who oppose President Trump to undermine his legitimacy".

In a radio interview Mr Macierewicz said the Russian president "should have the courage to take responsibility for what has happened".

Trump, though, has continued to view Putin as a potential ally, particularly when it comes to dealing with North Korea.

Washington this week said it was ready to talk to North Korea - which has launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months - "without preconditions".

Mr Trump has repeatedly said all options remain on the table.

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