What Trump’s win means for Putin, Putin’s allies and the Kremlin
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By MARK TWAIN—Reuters|Posted Mar 23, 2018 10:53:37President Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday has raised concerns about Russian meddling in the U.S. election.
Trump has been accused of helping Putin get reelected, and the new administration has signaled it wants to mend ties with Moscow.
The Kremlin responded to Trump’s election win by announcing a full scale effort to rebuild ties with Russia, with President Vladimir Putin attending a bilateral meeting with Trump in Saudi Arabia.
Trump is expected to meet Putin in the coming weeks.
Trump, who has not spoken publicly since he won the election in November, has been criticized by many in his own party for failing to publicly confront Russian interference in the election, which many see as a response to his victory.
In response, Trump on Wednesday urged Russian President Vladimir Vladmir Putin to do more to help Trump’s re-election bid.
“The world is watching and waiting for our message of peace, security and prosperity,” Trump said.
“Putin must help our country regain the momentum it lost and build on our great successes.”
Putin said he would continue to engage in constructive discussions with Trump, and would do everything he can to improve ties with the U .
S., according to a statement from the Kremlin.
The two leaders also discussed ways to cooperate on the issue of combating terrorism and combating terrorism financing, the Kremlin said.
Putin said Putin and Trump agreed to “take measures to strengthen and coordinate the work of the Russian-U.S.-Iran cooperation in the fight against terrorism, including the creation of an inter-agency task force to tackle terrorism financing and the financing of terrorism,” the Kremlin statement said.
On Wednesday, Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn said the United States was “not going to be dragged into a war with Russia,” but that he did not believe Russia had “done anything in regards to hacking.”
Flynn said there was a “good chance” the U,S.
would “see some sort of agreement.”
Trump has also spoken out against Russia’s interference in U.N. elections in 2017, and his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, was ousted after her comments in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.
Trump’s transition team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Mark Taormina in Washington; Editing by Andrew Hay)
By MARK TWAIN—Reuters|Posted Mar 23, 2018 10:53:37President Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday has raised concerns about Russian meddling in the…