Trump Broaches Nuclear Disarmament With Putin in Phone Call

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on N

President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said. I am not in favor of military intervention, but I- I can just tell you that I listened to o Secretary of State Pompeo trying to explain this President's conversation with Vladimir Putin, and I just don't get it.

"They discussed a nuclear agreement, both new and extended, and the possibility of having conversations with China on that as well", Sanders said.

Trump cited the expense of keeping up the USA nuclear arsenal as a motivating factor behind wanting to limit how many weapons are deployed.

"We take seriously the threat of election interference from every country, Russian Federation included", said Pompeo.

"We didn't discuss that", he added.

The two leaders also discussed a potential nuclear agreement that could include China, tension in Venezuela and North Korea, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Pompeo started his answer by defending the president with a compromise that was laughably far-fetched, especially when you consider the length of time Trump and Putin spoke.

Some liberal commentators argued that Trump's discussion with Putin might constitute collusion now. Whether you're a Trump supporter or not, one would hope that the President of the United States would stand up to attacks on USA democracy.

"The President's primary focus throughout the call was about helping the people of Venezuela, making it clear that the United States stands with the people of Venezuela and the importance of making sure those individuals are able to get the food and the water and the medical supplies that is needed", Sanders said.

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Americans do not fully know the extent of the phone call, however, and any suggestion that Trump encouraged Putin to interfere in American elections is ludicrous.

The FBI has cautioned that there is a good chance of a "significant counterintelligence threat" engineered by Russian Federation to monkey-wrench next year's presidential election.

According to the White House, Mr Trump told Mr Putin the U.S. "stands with the people of Venezuela" and stressed he wanted to bring humanitarian relief supplies to the chaotic country.

She said the White House would provide more information later Friday. "We discussed five or six things", he said.

For his part, Trump was conciliatory with the Russian president over Venezuela.

"We knew a mountain was being made out of a molehill, so to speak, because we knew how it would end beforehand", Putin said last month. "We did not discuss that", Trump said, reiterating that accusations of collusion with Russian Federation were "a total hoax".

Mr Trump continued to put forward his narrative that the investigation was "a witch-hunt".

Trump has boasted that there had been no new rocket launches since he and Kim first sat down for a summit in June 2018.

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