Getting along with Russia is a good thing, says Donald Trump

Trump explains why he congratulated Putin for election win, says other presidents lacked 'chemistry' with Russian leader

The White House fumed on Wednesday about an embarrassing leak regarding US President Donald Trump's shock decision to congratulate Russia's Vladimir Putin on his re-election, as lawmakers blasted him for feting the strongman's landslide win.

President Trump took to Twitter defending his congratulations and once again defended his belief that a better relationship between the US and Russian Federation is a good thing.

"I called President Putin of Russian Federation to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also)", the United States commander in chief wrote.

Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying about his involvement with Russian Federation.

She said Namibia believes that with the same government Russian Federation will continue to play a pivotal role on the global front and at multilateral level as a member of the United Nations Security Council, where it has veto powers.

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This was "because the DNA sample sent was from someone else in his family as his parents are no longer there", said Sushma. Singh visited Iraq, days after Mosul was liberated by Iraqi forces from the rule of Islamic State.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that a hunt for the leaker was underway.

For critics, Trump's call offered Putin legitimacy while giving him a wedge to drive between Western allies and within the White House itself.

Trump said in his tweets that a good relationship with Putin could help "solve problems" in several areas including Iran, Syria and North Korea. White House counsel Don McGahn eventually complied, even as he told aides the agreements they were signing probably were not enforceable. Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly are both angry over the disclosure, officials said, especially because of the small circle of distribution.

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the two nations were right not to send their ambassadors to hear "implausible denials".

Prime Minister Theresa May said in Brussels on Thursday: "It is clear that the Russian threat doesn't respect borders and indeed the incident is Salisbury was part of a pattern of Russian aggression against Europe and its near neighbours from the western Balkans to the Near East".

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Netanyahu also spoke over the phone with German Foreign Minister Heiku Maas and congratulated him on his new position. But with time still to run until May, sanctions did not dominate the debate, diplomats said.

Other leaks of classified material - including partial transcripts of Trump's calls with foreign leaders - have not garnered specific warnings of termination or criminal action. American intelligence officials say they are certain he meddled in the 2016 American election on behalf of Trump and is trying to meddle again in the 2018 election, as well as in many European elections. McMaster briefed the president by phone before the conversation while Trump was in the White House residence. John McCain (R-AZ), for congratulating Putin on his election when it has been widely reported that the election was rigged in Putin's favor.

Mr. Trump began his day on Wednesday indirectly criticizing Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, for the Russian Federation investigation, continuing to attack him by name against the advice of his own lawyers.

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The comments came at a Parliament meeting Wednesday where one member, Ian Austin, called for Britain to pull out of the World Cup this summer.

Trump also said he and Putin might meet "in the not too distant future" to discuss the arms race and other matters.

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