Trump thanks Putin for acknowledging 'strong economic progress' in US

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US President Donald Trump says Washington hopes to receive more help from Russian President Vladimir Putin in efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons program.

While the two discussed other issues, "the primary point was to talk about North Korea, because we would love to have his help on North Korea", said Trump, who the Kremlin said initiated the phone call.

"Vladimir Putin knows that saying nice things about Trump elicits these kinds of responses", McFaul said.

"Look at the markets, which have grown". However, he added that the improving state of the American economy under Trump's presidency should be acknowledged, even by his critics.

"This indicates the confidence of investors in the American economy. It shows they believe in what President Trump is doing in this area". Former press secretary Sean Spicer held that anything the president tweets is an "official statement by the president of the United States", and yet Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, regularly ignores them: "They are what they are", he told reporters, but "We develop policy in the normal, traditional staff way".

"President Trump thanked President Putin for acknowledging America's strong economic performance in his annual press conference", the statement said.

Instead, relations have soured further amid intensifying U.S. investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign that was aimed at helping Mr Trump win.

Putin also dismissed the idea that there was collusion or inappropriate contact between Moscow and the Trump campaign as "spy hysteria".

"What did someone see that was egregious about this?"

In a radio interview Mr Macierewicz said the Russian president "should have the courage to take responsibility for what has happened".

The two presidents discussed ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and ballistic weapons program, with Mr Putin warning the USA against using force against the rogue nation.

Putin, in his annual press conference with hundreds of journalists in Moscow, welcomed the United States' "awareness of reality" in the crisis.

Mr Trump has repeatedly highlighted surging U.S. stock markets as evidence that his political agenda is succeeding.

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