Trump, Putin Speak After Latter Slams Collusion Probe

Putin warned against the US taking action in North Korea
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 14, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Trump, Putin Speak After Latter Slams Collusion Probe
President Donald Trump speaks during an event on federal regulations in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The White House says President Trump spoke by phone Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The AP reports the call comes the same day Putin said the US is only hurting itself by investigating alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia. Putin said in remarks that mirrored Trump's arguments that concerns about collusion were "invented by people who oppose President Trump to undermine his legitimacy" and demonstrated a "lack of respect to voters who cast their ballots for him." Putin also said the countries should be cooperating to tackle the North Korean standoff, but warned the US not to use force against Pyongyang. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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