Trump, Putin Speak After Russian Leader Praises US Economy

Trump may have called Putin to stop the dreaded missile from being fired

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the U.S. is in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but believes relations would recover one day.

"If you talk about Russian Federation, meddling, interference - that takes the PDB off the rails", one former senior USA intelligence official said, using an acronym for the president's daily briefing.

Trump is being restrained from pursuing better relations with Russian Federation, yet Putin believes that ties are expected to be normalized.

Trump told reporters Friday that his call with Putin was "great" and that Putin had "said very nice things about what I've done for this country in terms of the economy". "This means they trust what President Trump is doing in this area. Why does it all have to take on some tint of spymania?", said Putin. "With all due respect to [Trump's] opponents, these are objective facts".

The White House said Mr Trump spoke with Mr Putin by phone, and thanked him "for acknowledging America's strong economic performance in his annual press conference".

Beyond those concerns, it's also somewhat awkward politically for the president to be seen requesting help from Putin, given the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the USA presidential election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion.

The White House added that both "discussed working together to resolve the very unsafe situation in North Korea".

Rob Goldstone, a British music promoter, reportedly said he could arrange the meeting after Trump turned down his invitation to travel to Moscow.

The two also discussed the nuclear crisis in North Korea, according to official statements from both governments.

Nebenzya said North Korea won't halt its nuclear and missile programs "while it feels a direct threat to its security", and that is why Russian Federation and China have urged both sides to take steps to de-escalate the situation.

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