Trump boasts about 'very good call' with Putin, slams news media

Trump boasts about 'very good call' with Putin, slams news media

Mrs Sanders also said Mr Trump and Mr Putin had briefly discussed the investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Sanders also dodged a question about whether Trump has instructed former White House Council Don McGahn, a key witness in the redacted Mueller report, not to comply with congressional requests.

"Had a long and very good conversation with President Putin of Russian Federation", he tweeted.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) welcomes North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, on April 25, 2019.

Attorney General William Barr later concluded that there was not sufficient evidence for obstruction of justice, but House Democrats are continuing to pursue that issue.

We didn't discuss that.

Officials previously have said the military options under consideration included actions before Maduro's possible departure, such as sending additional military assets to the region, increasing aid to neighboring countries and providing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled the country. Russian Federation has significant investments in Venezuela and has been a strong backer of Maduro.

"We're talking about a nuclear agreement where we make less and they make less and maybe even where we get rid of some of the tremendous firepower that we have right now", Trump told reporters, adding that any accord might include China.

Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer criticized the president's comments in a tweet, saying that Trump's priorities were "appalling and undermine democracy".

Recognised as interim leader by more than 50 countries including the United States, Mr Guaido has vowed to keep the pressure up on Mr Maduro, urging his supporters to stage peaceful demonstrations at military bases Saturday in a fresh bid to rally the armed forces behind him.

The 2011 New START treaty, the only U.S. -Russia arms control pact limiting deployed strategic nuclear weapons, expires in February 2021 but can be extended for five years if both sides agree.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. The Kremlin said the two also covered Venezuela. The two leaders discussed issues of bilateral relations with a focus on economic cooperation and reiterated their commitment to closer dialogues in various spheres, including on matters of strategic stability. Putin has denied that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential campaign.

But Trump canceled a formal meeting with Putin in Buenos Aires in December a year ago, citing mounting tensions between Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Trump's comments stand in sharp contrast to those made a month ago, after Russian Federation sent a contingent of special forces to Caracas.

Trump has called the New START treaty concluded by his predecessor, Barack Obama, a "bad deal" and "one-sided".

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