Over the weekend, Vladimir Putin handily won re-election to a fourth term as Russian president. And we’re sure the election was totally above-board and not shady at all.
Well, anyway, Donald Trump has reportedly called Putin to congratulate him on his big victory:
BREAKING: Kremlin: Trump has called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on re-election.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 20, 2018
JUST IN: Pres. Trump says he congratulated Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin on his reelection victory, an election in which Putin faced little opposition. https://t.co/oRZrO7vy6q pic.twitter.com/DglJWCYOE8
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 20, 2018
.@KremlinRussia_E says Pres Trump phoned congrats to Putin on his re-election and to discuss ongoing warfare in Syria and situation in Ukraine. Kremlin statement says Trump & Putin also discussed possibility of a Summit meeting. WH confirms phone call but has yet to issue readout
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 20, 2018
According to a statement from the Kremlin, Trump congratulated Putin on his election victory during their call this morning. The White House, which said yesterday there was no call scheduled, has not issued a readout yet, but says one is forthcoming.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) March 20, 2018
Can you believe it?!
— Erick W. (@EDub_Rage) March 20, 2018
If true, this is awful but not surprising. Vladimir Putin attacked American democracy. He just used chemical weapons on the soil of America’s closest ally. And the sham “election” was rigged. Nothing to congratulate. Everything to condemn. https://t.co/lVoCEqph9D
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) March 20, 2018
Was it not a sham worth condemning the last time around? The Federalist’s Sean Davis dug up these tweets from 2012, which, oddly, didn’t seem to generate much outrage:
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) March 10, 2012
Obama Congratulates Putin on Third Term http://t.co/rQ89pxfL
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 9, 2012
RT @markknoller: WH says Pres Obama did congratulate Vladimir Putin today on his victory in the Russian presidential election.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) March 10, 2012
Pres Obama called Russian Pres-elect & PM Putin to congratulate him on his recent victory in the Russian Presidential election #cnn
— Nick Valencia (@CNNValencia) March 9, 2012
White House read-out of Obama-Putin says Obama did indeed "congratulate" Putin (something Brit PM Cameron did not do)
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) March 9, 2012
Things sure have changed!