Trump, Putin Talk on Phone About 'Dangerous Situation in North Korea'

18 December, 2017, 00:30 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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President Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation on Thursday, talking about how they can work together to resolve the situation involving North Korea's nuclear program, the White House said. However, he added that the improving state of the American economy under Trump's presidency should be acknowledged, even by his critics.

"Look at the markets, which have grown".

The presidents of Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, have held a phone conversation to discuss various global issues, including the Korean nuclear problem, the Kremlin press service said on Friday.

"This indicates the confidence of investors in the American economy".

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

"President Trump thanked President Putin for acknowledging America's strong economic performance in his annual press conference", the White House said in readout of the call.

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


Beyond those concerns, it's also somewhat awkward politically for the president to be seen requesting help from Putin, given the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the USA presidential election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion.

Putin also dismissed the idea that there was collusion or inappropriate contact between Moscow and the Trump campaign as "spy hysteria".

President Putin said he was exhausted of hearing allegations that the plane crash was the result of a Russian conspiracy, drawing a sharp rebuke from Warsaw. "Why does it all have to take on some tint of spymania?" he said.

The two leaders talked about the North Korea's nuclear weapons program, as well as other bilateral issues, the Kremlin said without elaborating.

Putin, in his annual press conference with hundreds of journalists in Moscow, welcomed the United States' "awareness of reality" in the crisis.

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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