A new report revealed that Donald Trump was warned with an all-caps message in daily briefing on Monday not to congratulate Russia President Vladimir Putin on his election win. Trump went on to congratulate him anyway.
According to the Washington Post, Trump ignored his advisers’ message to “NOT CONGRATULATE” and “chose not to heed talking points from aides instructing him to condemn Putin about the recent poisoning of a former Russian spy in the United Kingdom with a powerful nerve agent.”
Many people have considered the Russian elections to be part of a “sham” and do not consider Putin’s win legitimate.
Trump said during a press conference on Tuesday that he would be personally calling Putin to congratulate him, just a day after a White House spokesperson insisted the president would not be calling Putin.