Referring to his immediate three predecessors in office, Trump said that George W. Bush didn't have the "smarts" to get along with the Russians, and that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton "didn't have the energy or the chemistry".
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders acknowledged later Tuesday that Trump also did not mention the recent nerve agent attack against a former Russian spy and his daughter in the United Kingdom - for which the U.S., the U.K., France and Germany have blamed Russia.
But, writing on Twitter on Wednesday, Mr Trump defended himself from criticism of his call with Mr Putin, as he cited his predecessors' relations with Moscow.
"If this story is accurate", one official told AFP, "that means someone leaked the President's briefing papers".
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But Democrats agreed only to $1.6 billion, none of it for a new wall, and held off on a solution for those DACA recipients. Lawmakers have left town for a two-week recess, some of them on overseas trips and with no plans to return to Washington .
Administration officials said it was unclear if the President had seen the briefing memo that was leaked to the Post.
For Trump, such spur-of-the-moment remarks to foreign leaders are not unusual, and often have had little lasting meaning, officials said, noting that he often issues invitations to a meal or a meeting.
Trump himself has always been reluctant to publicly criticize Putin. Its major allies the U.S., France, and Germany agree with its assessment. The U.K. has alleged that Russia is "culpable" for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury. They also said there now is an internal probe of the leak but provided no other details. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe said that the Russian state media's extensive coverage of Putin's activities gave him a significant advantage in the race. "Our unity, responsibility, common understanding of goals, aspirations of millions of people - we must contribute all that to the development of Russian Federation, to a powerful movement forward", Putin said.
"I don't like that he did it, but you know what I like even less?"
Republican senator Marco Rubio admitted that he did not like the United States leader's congratulations to Putin.
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When she regained consciousness, the men reportedly asked the woman not to tell the police before fleeing the scene. A woman was filmed receiving lashes from her husband after it was learned that she had eloped with her lover.
Mr Trump is facing an investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential links between his presidential election campaign and Russian Federation. In cases of principle, you may need to resign. "I think this is a purely pragmatic approach". "They are wrong! Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing..."
The White House said Trump did not raise Russia's meddling in the USA elections or its suspected involvement in the recent poisoning of a former spy in Britain in the call with Putin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Putin this week.
McCain said Trump's call was an insult to "every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country's future".
The action and reaction fit a Trump White House pattern of declining to chide authoritarian regimes for undemocratic practices.
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