McCain Slams Trump Over Putin Call: 'Congratulating Dictators on Winning Sham Elections'

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Trump's comments came a few days after the White House imposed sanctions on Russia for its meddling in the 2016 election and other "malicious cyberattacks", and sharply criticised it for its apparent role in a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter on British soil.

"Special attention was given to considering the issue of a possible bilateral summit", the Kremlin statement said.

"They are causing a lot of problems with this country", he said.

Trump had a phone call with Putin Tuesday morning, where he congratulated the Russian president on winning in a landslide victory with over 76 percent of the vote. When Russian protesters took to the streets to protest those elections and Putin's return to the presidency, Putin publicly accused Clinton of inciting the protests.

"The two leaders spoke out in favor of developing practical cooperation in various areas, including in ensuring strategic stability and combating global terrorism". The election was tainted by reports of voting irregularities.

On Sunday, Putin won more than 75% of the vote in Russia's presidential election, securing him at least another six years in power.

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"An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections", McCain said in a statement Tuesday.

The Kremlin said in a statement that Trump and Putin spoke about a need to "coordinate efforts to limit the arms race" and for closer cooperation on strategic stability and counterterrorism. Russian Federation has denied the accusation. "What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them ... we can only focus on the freeness and fairness of our elections".

The Associated Press reported there was widespread allegations of ballot meddling and forcible voting in Russian Federation leading up to the election.

Trump, whose campaign's ties to Russian Federation are under scrutiny by the special counsel Robert Mueller and separate congressional investigations, also plans to meet again with Putin, The Washington Post reports.

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