President Trump to Talk With Putin by Phone On Saturday; Will Also Speak With French, German Leaders


President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are set to speak by telephone on Saturday, the White House has confirmed.

It will be the first time the two leaders talk since Trump took office on Jan. 20.

Trump will also be speaking with the leaders of France and Germany in separate calls, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway during an interview Friday morning refused to answer when asked whether the White House or Russia had initiated the call.

“I won’t divulge that. But it also doesn’t matter, in that we have to have leaders talking to each other,” Conway said on “CBS This Morning.”

Russia, which also announced the conversation, did not make clear what the presidents would be discussing.

Trump has expressed a willingness to ease tensions with Moscow, to the dismay of many foreign policy hawks. He has also stirred criticism for expressing admiration for Putin, at one point calling him a better leader than former President Barack Obama.

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The Hill