"The call had to do also with the fact that we will probably get together in the not-too-distant future, so that we can discuss arms", Trump told reporters at the White House.
President Trump offered Russian President Vladimir Putin kind words on his reelection win Tuesday - despite growing evidence of the Kremlin's attempts to sow discord across the globe.
Republican U.S. Senator John McCain chastised Trump for the congratulatory call.
The two leaders discussed the state of bilateral relations and resolved to continue dialogue about mutual national security priorities and challenges, the White House said.
"I had a call with President Putin, and congratulated him on the victory, his electoral victory", Trump said, ignoring concerns about the vote being rigged in the Russian strongman's favor.
Conversely, the Kremlin said on Tuesday that the conversation between Trump and Putin can be viewed as constructive, with a focus on overcoming problems in relations.
Putin was overwhelming re-elected in Sunday's election for another six-year term, in a vote where his only serious opponent was banned from running.
The Post notes that it's unclear if Trump even read the memo, noting that he initiated the call and opened with the congratulations. After multiple administration officials put out statements condemning Russian Federation for the attack, the White House responded by imposing sanctions on Russian Federation for the poisoning and its interference in the 2016 election.
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Meanwhile, critics laid into Trump earlier this month for his lukewarm response to the nerve-agent attack on former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, both of whom are now on life support.
British officials have blamed the nerve agent attack on Russian Federation.
In a statement about the call between the two leaders, the Kremlin described diplomatic problems facing Russian Federation and the USA and confirmed Putin's intent to meet with Trump.
Trump's call with Putin comes amid intense worldwide concern over a nerve gas attack on a former Russian spy living in England and questions about Russia meddling in elections across the globe.
French President Emmanuel Macron wished Mr Putin success in "modernising Russia", but urged Moscow to shed light on the "unacceptable" attempted assassination of an ex-spy in Britain.
An official statement by the Kremlin on Tuesday said Trump and Putin discussed the importance of working together on worldwide terrorism, limiting nuclear arms and economic cooperation.
The Kremlin spokesman says it's no big deal that U.S. President Donald Trump didn't congratulate Vladimir Putin on his re-election as president.
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