White House Defends Putin Call

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We should want to preserve the situation where Trump lacks normal executive control over US-Russia relations.

The past month has seen a lot of political whiplash, particularly around gun control - with President Donald Trump seemingly declaring support for substantial reform, then basically abandoning his earlier position, and restarting an old debate over video game violence along the way. John McCain released a statement saying that "an American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

Aides had included guidance in Trump's talking points for the call to Putin stating: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE", a senior administration official said Wednesday, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official had not been authorized to discuss internal matters.

The president's administration has taken a tough line on Russian Federation in various ways, especially when Trump's direct involvement hasn't been required.

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Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told CNN, "I wouldn't have a conversation with a criminal". "What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them how they operate", said Sanders at the briefing, defending Trump's congratulatory message.

At a White House press briefing, one reporter asked about Rep. Trey Gowdy's (R-SC) comment over the weekend, addressed to Trump's lawyer (though the reporter incorrectly said it was addressed to Trump): "If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it". Law professors Kitrosser and Fenster said the president has the power to fire White House employees who divulge confidential information. Sources familiar with the final document do not remember a similarly large penalty, she said.

In his 21-page ruling, Cooper concluded the White House isn't a federal agency subject to the Federal Administrative Procedures Act, as CREW claimed, and that the actions it sought to compel - such as issuance of guidelines barring the use of Confide and Signal - were too discretionary to satisfy applicable legal standards.

Some Republicans, however, said they had no problem with Trump making the call. Sen. Hempowicz also said POGO has "really significant concerns" about any attempt to muzzle White House officials, especially if the NDAs do not contain explicit language assuring employees that they're not precluded from reporting suspected wrongdoing.

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Russian Federation has received global condemnation after Britain blamed Moscow for the recent nerve agent attack that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Russian Federation has denied the accusation. "It didn't come up on today's call". "There is no apparent nexus to terrorism at this time", Sanders said in a Twitter post.

The Kremlin said in a statement that Putin and Trump had agreed on the need to work together to curb a possible arms race and spoken of the need to cooperate to ensure strategic stability and fight global terrorism.

They thought Trump had vouched for me, boy were they naïve.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Putin this week.

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