Trump spent years denying evidence of Russian interference in U.S. elections and cybersecurity hacks. Biden brought them up in the first phone call with Putin.
After years of former President Donald Trump cozying up to Russian President Vladimir Putin — to the mass confusion and concern of the U.S. intelligence community and national security officials — newly inaugurated President Joe Biden confronted Putin about five issues Trump never did, in his first phone call with the Russian leader.
The Biden White House released a readout Tuesday of the president’s call with Putin hours after the conversation, itself a departure from the previous administration’s modus operandi. The Trump White House stopped releasing call summaries of Trump’s conversations with foreign leaders, including Putin, after Trump was impeached the first time, over his infamous phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The new readout, or call summary released for the public and prepared by staff, included these issues:
- Support for Ukraine’s sovereignty
- SolarWinds hack
- Reports of Russian military placing cash bounties on killing of U.S. troops in Afghanistan
- Election interference
- Poisoning and arrest of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny
In one phone call, Biden staked out a new American position on several issues in a…(read more)