Trump Thanks Putin for Economy Remarks 12/15 06:23
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir
Putin for remarks he made Thursday "acknowledging America's strong economic
performance," the White House said.
The two presidents spoke by phone following Putin's annual press conference
They discussed ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and
ballistic weapons program, the White House said.
In an equally brief statement, the Kremlin said in addition to North Korea,
Trump and Putin discussed relations between their two countries and agreed to
stay in contact. The Kremlin made a point of noting that Trump initiated the
During his remarks in Moscow, Putin accused those investigating potential
collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of damaging the
U.S. political situation, "incapacitating the president and showing a lack of
respect to voters who cast their ballots for him."
Asked to assess Trump's first year in office, Putin said he has had "some
fairly serious achievements," pointing specifically to the sharp rise in U.S.
"This indicates the confidence of investors in the American economy. This
indicates they have confidence in what President Trump is doing in this
sphere," Putin said. "With all due respect to those in opposition to President
Trump in the United States, these are objective factors.'"
Putin also warned the U.S. against using force against North Korea. Trump
has repeatedly said that all options remain on the table.