National security adviser H.R. McMaster has been known to join Trump in the residence during these calls, and was present during his Tuesday morning call with Putin. Trump's action seems like a disgrace, given that Putin rigged the Russian election, interfered in the USA election, poisoned two exiled Russians in Britain, invaded Ukraine, etc., and given Trump's general failure to call out or stand up to Putin.
Trump had shunned the advice of some aides in making the call Putin at all.
Trump "emphasized the importance of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula", the White House added in a separate statement.
Trump's congratulating Putin has revived criticism that he has been too reluctant to criticize the Russian leader and retaliate for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election that Trump won.
Trump himself has always been reluctant to publicly criticize Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to cause trouble wherever he can so he can portray his country as strong again after the collapse of the Soviet Union, British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday. Trump did discuss the attack against Sergei Skripal Wednesday in a call with French President Emmanuel Macron.
An archive of the the Obama White House website shows Obama did in fact talk with Putin on March 9, 2012, following his election win.
It is still unclear if Trump actually read the guidance that was given to him by his advisers.
Not only have election monitors cast doubt about the legitimacy of Russian elections, but Putin has been linked to election interference in the United States and other countries.
White House staffers are frustrated by the damaging leak from a sensitive document accessible only to a select group of aides, the senior administration official told the AP.
Two officials familiar with the briefing material given to the President acknowledged that they included instructions not to congratulate Putin. Arguably the sharpest rebuke of Trump came from Senator John McCain, who wrote on Twitter, "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections". This isn't a time for "congratulations" - it's a time for coordinated action to deal with the threat Putin poses.
Russian Federation held election of its president on March 18.