Trump's national security team had told Trump not to congratulate Putin on winning a fourth term during a phone call on Tuesday, even placing a section in his briefing materials that read "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" in all-capital letters, according to the Post. "The leaders spoke in favour of developing practical co-operation in different spheres, including on questions of how to ensure strategic stability and fight global terrorism", the Kremlin said in a statement.
"I had a call with President Putin and congratulated him on his electoral victory", Trump said, two days after Putin's re-election.
"I suspect that we'll probably be meeting in the not too distant future to discuss the arms race, which is getting out of control", Trump said.
Mueller has reportedly sent questions to the White House for a potential interview with Trump, though Mueller and investigators remain tight-lipped and there is no official date on when Trump might sit with investigators for an interview.
Putin's landslide victory in Sunday's election has been tainted with accusations of vote rigging.
The U.K. and the US are among the countries that have said Russian Federation is responsible for the attack.
Putin denied that Russian Federation had any role and called the claim "nonsense". His tone has at times been at odds with his administration, which has taken stronger actions to counter Russian aggression, including Trump's authorisation of new sanctions against Russia and additional support Ukrainian troops in their fight against Russian-backed forces in Crimea.
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.
"This story is transitioning and I think we need to focus on that transition", Mudd explained. John McCain was quick to criticize Trump's intentions. Russian Federation has repeatedly said it hoped for better ties with the USA under Trump. Huckabee said, "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate".
Trump is not the first Commander-in-Chief to call Putin to congratulate him on winning re-election.
Trump's optimistic attitude regarding a meeting with Putin comes as sanctions were imposed on Russian Federation in retaliation for its efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.