In his third call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump addressed efforts to end Middle East terrorism, ways to de-escalate North Korea’s tensions, and spoke of the civil war in Syria.
During the May 2 press briefing reports wanted to ask questions about the phone call. However, after Mick Mulvaney finished his briefing on the spending bill Press Secretary Sean Spicer left the room and did not return to take questions about the President’s third phone call.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 2, 2017
However, the White House did disclose a readout of the conversation said the following of the phone call:
“President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence.”
Trump has made three phone calls to the Russian President. The first call was on January 28th to discuss issues including ISIS in Syria as well as the Ukraine crisis. The second call was on April 3rd when Trump called Putin to offer condolences after the attack in a St. Petersburg Subway train explosion.
The only concern that some have about Trump talking with Putin is surrounding the fact that there are still ongoing investigations with Russia’s interference with the U.S. elections. The Democratic National Committee also picked on the call criticizing Trump’s view on Russia:
“With no apparent talk of Russia’s abysmal record on human rights, no clear message on Assad’s future in Syria, and no condemnation of Russia’s continued aggression in Ukraine, it’s clear that ultimately, Putin is getting what he wants from Trump.”
Credit: ABC News