Putin Congratulates Trump; Leaders Agree to Boost ‘Historical U.S.-Russia Relationship’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump looks on as Juanita Broaddrick speaks before the second presidential debate with democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at Washington University, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Russian President Vladimir Putin called to congratulate United States President-elect Donald J. Trump six days after news broke that Trump had won election to the office of president.

The Presidential Transition Team released the following statement regarding the conversation between the two men:

President-elect Donald J. Trump today spoke with President Vladimir Putin, who called to offer his congratulations on winning a historic election.  During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical U.S.-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years.

President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.

Several world leaders have spoken with Trump following his election to the highest office in the United States of America.

On Sunday Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke with Trump, offering congratulations.

Last Thursday German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke with Trump about the longstanding relationship between their two countries, according to Reuters. As of last Friday outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama was slated with meet with Merkel in Germany on Thursday of this week.

Obama addressed reporters on Monday just before leaving for the final foreign trip of his second term as President.

Trump spoke with South Korean President Park Geun-hye last week following Trump’s election, according to Yonhap news agency, which was cited in a New York Times report. Yonhap cited unnamed diplomatic officials who said the two spoke for 10 minutes and discussed the U.S. commitment to guard South Korea against North Korean aggression.

Hong Kong’s leader issued a statement congratulating Trump last week, according to the Times. Cuban President Raul Castro also issued a statement congratulating Trump.

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had a conversation with Trump following the election, during which the two agreed “on the importance of the U.S. military alliance with Australia and the importance of the U.S. military presence to the security of the Asia-Pacific region,” according to the Times.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto spoke with and congratulated Trump following the election and the two agreed to meet regarding U.S.-Mexico relations during the President-elect Trump administration transition period.

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