Trump, Putin phone chat set for Tuesday

intervention in Syria, Trump ordered the strikes against Syrian government targets in early April after accusing the regime of using chemical weapons in a deadly attack on civilians. action was accompanied by a dramatic shift in the Trump administration’s rhetoric toward Russia, one of the Syrian government’s most important benefactors. Despite having previously warned against U.S. The U.S.

and Russia and “everyone will come to their senses.” He took to Twitter days after the Syria strikes to say that “things will work out fine” between the U.S. Yet Trump has continued to hold out the prospect of a stronger relationship with Russia, which was a cornerstone of his foreign policy platform as a presidential candidate.

The attack occurred days before the U.S. Trump and Putin have spoken twice since the U.S. Petersburg, Russia. missile strike in Syria. president took office in January, including last month following an attack in St.


This combination of pictures created on December 30, 2016 shows a file photo taken on December 28, 2016 of US President-elect Donald Trump (L) in Palm Beach, Florida; and a file photo taken on December 23, 2016, of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking in Moscow. (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images) The talks are scheduled for 1630 GMT. Trump will speak with Putin by phone on May 2, 2017, as the two leaders look to make headway on ties in the face of deep rifts over Syria and alleged hacking. Both the White House and Kremlin confirmed the leaders will hold their third call since Trump took office but did not give details on the topics of discussion.

The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Trump’s campaign co-ordinated with Russia as it meddled in the election. The shifts in the Trump administration’s posture came amid a steady swirl of controversy surrounding possible ties between the president’s associates and Russia during last year’s election.

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Trump has vigorously denied any nefarious ties to Moscow, calling the Russian investigations a “hoax.”

Trump, who spent months touting the prospect of warmer ties with Putin, declared after the strikes that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia “may be at an all-time low.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also sharply condemned Moscow’s role in supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The White House said the leaders would speak in the early afternoon, with Syria’s six-year conflict expected to be among the agenda items. Their discussion comes one day before a new round of Russian-led talks on the Syria crisis begins in Kazakhstan.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak by phone Tuesday, their first known conversation since the U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian air base that sparked new tensions between Washington and Moscow.

Putin, who met earlier Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, denied that Moscow ever interferes in other countries’ elections. He said accusations of Russian meddling aimed at helping Trump in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton were “simply rumours” being used as part of a political fight in Washington.