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Donald Trump holds phone call with Vladimir Putin over North Korea crisis

18 December 2017

"I'm not the one to evaluate the President's work".

Mr Trump's one-on-one chat came after Mr Putin praised the U.S. president's handling of the economy during his annual press conference in Moscow. "Look at the markets, how they've risen".

Shortly after Trump made his remarks to reporters at the White House on December 15, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Russian Federation and China to do more to pressure North Korea, and charged that Moscow continues to employ North Korean workers in "slave-like conditions".

Since taking office, Mr Trump has made a series of contrasting comments about whether he believes the Russians were involved in disrupting last year's election - as America's intelligence agencies have concluded. That shows investors' confidence in the American economy.

Trump also used the call to thank Putin for "acknowledging America's strong economic performance in his annual press conference", according to a White House read out of the call.

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"This is how relations should be between people like us", Mr Putin said to reporters at the marathon annual event.

"With all due respect to those in opposition to President Trump in the United States, these are objective factors".

Antoni Macierewicz was reacting Thursday to words by Putin, who denied any explosions on board and called on Poland to stop investigating for any potential Russian role in the crash that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in western Russia.

Mr Putin dismissed those allegations and the idea of a Russian Federation connection as "fabricated".

Mr Putin said claims of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election had been "invented" by Mr Trump's enemies. "Why does it all have to take on some tint of spymania?" he said.

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Trump has also failed to clearly state that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in an attempt to get him elected, as has been unanimously concluded by the US intelligence community.

"We would love to have [Putin's] help on North Korea", said Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump said he has sought Russia's help in resolving the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program but he is not satisfied with Russia's efforts.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said all options remain on the table.

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Donald Trump holds phone call with Vladimir Putin over North Korea crisis