The White House said in a statement that Trump and Putin in their phone call earlier on Tuesday discussed the bilateral relations, resolving to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges.
"We don't get to dictate how other countries operate". She also cited a preliminary report by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that said Russia's election took place in an overly controlled environment that lacked an even playing field for all contenders. "The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not too distant future so that we can discuss arms, we can discuss the arms race".
The former USA presidential candidate John McCain was quick to criticize Trump for his failure to raise allegations of widespread voter irregularities.
McCain has previously called Putin a murderer and a thug.
Russia's backing for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the scandal around meddling in the US election, has further damaged its ties with worldwide actors.
However, Trump did congratulate Putin during the call. "I'm always reminded of the election they used to have in nearly every communist country where whoever the dictator was at the moment always got huge percentage of the vote".
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], March 21 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin, following his landslide victory in the presidential election, and added that the two leaders "will probably get together in the not-too-distant future" to discuss the global arms race. A Kremlin statement said the two leaders also discussed Syria and Ukraine.
In addition, Trump and Putin expressed satisfaction with the apparent easing of tensions over North Korea's weapons program, according to the Kremlin.
Even as Russian Federation continues to flaunt new weapons and military technology, Trump seems far from anxious and expressed confidence in the current USA military stature.
The Kremlin noted that "in general, the conversation was constructive and businesslike and focused on overcoming the problems that have accumulated in Russian-US relations".
Trump's applause of Putin's victory was in line with other congratulatory calls he has made, including to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for winning a much-disputed referendum that increased his already autocratic powers and to China's President Xi Jinping for his "extraordinary elevation" after Xi last month engineered the Communist Party's elimination of presidential term limits. Peskov said maybe Trump's schedule didn't allow it and suggested he might call later.
Trump's congratulatory call comes as suspicion of rigged election procedures in Russian Federation abounds, including Putin's primary opponent, Alexei Navalny, being barred from the ballot, according to The Washington Post. Opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was banned from running against Putin, said observers sent out to the polls put the turnout at 10 points lower than the official number of 67.5 percent.