Donald Trump defended himself against criticism

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Donald Trump defended himself against criticism over his congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin following the Russian president’s recent re-election, insisting on Wednesday afternoon it was in US interests to maintain a positive rapport with Moscow.





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Trump addressed the call in a series of tweets, hours after it was reported that he defied a specific warning from his national security team not to congratulate Putin on his securing of a fourth term in power.


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“I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also),” Trump said. “The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing

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Trump’s conversation with Putin also drew scrutiny for occurring amid escalating tension and fear over Russian meddling in the US electoral process, which the two leaders failed to discuss. There was also no mention of the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former double agent targeted with a nerve agent in the UK.

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The Arizona Republican senator John McCain said Trump had “insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election”.


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He would draw on the passage from St Matthew’s Gospel in which, after his betrayal and arrest in Gethsemane, Jesus is brought before Pilate, and refuses to answer his questions. I was confused by the silence of Jesus – why didn’t he speak out? Of course, various interpretations have read this silence as a way of wresting power back from Pilate. But as a child the message was clear to me: silence was strength; and in the face of adversity or abuse, it was dignified

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And I kept silent. My injury was easily explained away as the result of an accident on the ice rink. My friends and I never talked about it again. But the fear, sickness and humiliation I felt that night wedged in my throat and remained there for years.

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