Skip to main content
Tags: national security | vladimir putin | reelection | advisers

Report: Trump Ignores Advice to 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE' Putin

Report: Trump Ignores Advice to 'DO NOT CONGRATULATE' Putin
President Donald Trump (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:51 PM EDT

President Donald Trump did not heed the all-capitals warning from his national security advisers Tuesday to "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Russian President Vladimir Putin ­on his reelection during a call to the Kremlin, The Washington Post reported.

He also chose to ignore talking points from aides that instructed him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom, the Post reported.

According to the Post, which cited unnamed sources, it was not clear whether Trump even read the pre-call notes.

Before the call, national security aides provided Trump with several handwritten notecards filled with talking points to guide his conversation, as usual custom for calls with foreign leaders, the Post reported.

Two sources told the outlet those cards included instructions not to congratulate Putin — and the instruction was put in capital letters to emphasize the point.

Another unnamed senior White House official told the outlet, however, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster did not mention the issue during a telephone briefing with the president.

The White House press office declined to comment on the briefing materials given to Trump.

Though the tone enraged Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was unfazed.

"I wouldn't read much into it," Corker said, the Post reported.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talked around the issue.

"The president can call whomever he chooses," McConnell said at his weekly news conference, the Post reported. "When I look at a Russian election, what I see is a lack of credibility in tallying the results. I'm always reminded of the election they used to have in almost every communist country where whoever the dictator was at the moment always got huge percentage of the vote."

© 2024 Newsmax. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
During a call to the Kremlin, President Donald Trump did not heed the all-capitals warning from his national security advisers Tuesday to "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection, according to The Washington Post. The Washington Post reported.
national security, vladimir putin, reelection, advisers
286
2018-51-20
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 08:51 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
TOP

Interest-Based Advertising | Do not sell or share my personal information

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Download the NewsmaxTV App
Get the NewsmaxTV App for iOS Get the NewsmaxTV App for Android Scan QR code to get the NewsmaxTV App
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved