"After aides leaked embarrassing details of Trump's shock decision to call Putin and congratulate him on re-election, the United States president blamed the media for the furor and insisted Moscow can be a solid partner".
The White House said in a statement that it's a "fireable offence and likely illegal" to have leaked the president's briefing papers, according to United States media.
It was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, read the talking points prepared by his national security team before the call. Sources also stated that U.S. president asked his new secretary of state nominee Mike Pompeo to reach out to the Russians to start to organize face-to-face between president Trump and Putin. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee and has pressed the Trump administration to respond aggressively to Russia's interference in the USA presidential election.
Trump was harshly criticized this week by Republicans such as Sen.
Trump has taken to Twitter to confirm that he called his Russian counterpart.
Her comments were notably tougher on Russian Federation than those coming from the White House.
In response, Trump supporters pointed out that former President Barack Obama called Putin to congratulate him after he won the presidency in 2012.
"He's got a huge understanding of what to do to make this country better".
The action and reaction fit a Trump White House pattern of declining to chide authoritarian regimes for undemocratic practices.
For critics, Trump's call offered Putin legitimacy while giving him a wedge to drive between Western allies and within the White House itself. Russian media reported that Bush congratulated Medvedev, but the White House did not confirm their accounts.
The White House said in an official statement Wednesday: "If this story is accurate, that means someone leaked the President's briefing papers. Leaking such information is a fireable offense and likely illegal".
It was an unusual threat. Five other candidates garnered substantially fewer votes.
Republican senator Marco Rubio admitted that he did not like the U.S. leader's congratulations to Putin.
The diplomat rejected claims the chemical weapon "Novichok" was used in the attack, saying it would have killed people on the spot and suggested that Washington might have also had a hand in the incident.
"The president is signaling that he is going to take center spotlight as diplomat in chief", said Matt Rojansky, a Russian Federation scholar at the Wilson Center. Trump did discuss the attack against Sergei Skripal Wednesday in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron. The Senate Judiciary chairman said he wouldn't comment specifically about the call, but told CNN. "I think that all countries will follow this path", Yevtukhov added. What he did in Georgia, what he did in Ukraine, what he did in the Baltics, in London.
The Kremlin said the conversation between the USA and Russian presidents was "constructive and business-like", adding that Russia hoped to "overcome problems" that had arisen between the two nations. Sanders insisted that the administration has scolded Putin at the appropriate times.
Johnson also agreed with an MP who suggested Putin would exploit the 2018 football World Cup in Russian Federation as Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler did the Berlin Olympics.
"Special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit", the Kremlin statement said. The two presidents subsequently sat down together at last summer's G-20 meeting in Germany, and at an Asia-Pacific economic summit in November. John McCain for his call to Putin on Tuesday over the Russian leader's victory in an election many deemed unfair.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Putin this week.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been reelected for another six years as a result of the presidential election in Russia on March 18, addressed the nation on March 23, after the Central Electoral Commission announced the final result of the vote.