Many Americans who follow President Donald Trump’s (pictured left) tweets have been peeved by his silence on Russian President Vladimir Putin while he keeps attacking other leaders.
This week, they were left red-faced when Trump, ignoring the ‘DO NOT CONGRATULATE’ all-cap warning from his advisers, went out of the way to call Putin to hail his re-election.
On Wednesday, Trump defended his decision, saying a good relationship with Russia is necessary to help solve some of the global issues.
“The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing,” he said on Twitter.
“They can help solve problems with North Korea, Syria, Ukraine, ISIS, Iran and even the coming Arms Race,” he said.
Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama had also called Putin during their time in office. Bush tried to get along with Putin, but didn’t have the “smarts,” Trump said. “Obama and Clinton tried, but didn’t have the energy or chemistry (remember RESET). PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH!”
Soon after calling Putin, Trump informed media about their phone conversation adding that he will be meeting him.
Such a meeting between the two leaders would further raise the political temperature amid the ongoing probe into Trump campaign’s alleged links with Russia during the 2016 presidential elections.
Fellow Republican Senator John McCain, a harsh critics of Putin, said, “An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections.”
Unlike Trump, other Western leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel were guarded while briefing media on their talks with Putin. They never ‘congratulated’ Putin like Trump did. Instead, they ‘wished him success’.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders left many questions from media on Trump-Putin conversation unanswered because their questions were irrelevant for the two pragmatic presidents.
The pragmatic approach of the two leaders was evident when the Kremlin said the conversation was constructive and business-like to help overcome the problems that had accumulated in their mutual ties.
Putin also warmed up to the West by saying he would address disputes with them. However, he reminded them that international relations were not a way-one street.