Donald Trump thanks Russia's Vladimir Putin for praising American economy

Posted December 18, 2017

President Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Vietnam in November.

The White House put out a statement saying that Trump spoke with Putin by phone on Thursday to discuss North Korea, and that during the call, Trump thanked Putin for his recent praise of the US economy.

"We see some quite serious achievements, even in this short period of time that he's been working", Putin said.

The presidents of Russian Federation and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, have held a phone conversation to discuss various global issues, including the Korean nuclear problem, the Kremlin press service said on Friday. "With all due respect to President Trump's opposition in the United States, these are objective factors". "Look at the markets, how they've risen".

Trump told reporters Friday that his call with Putin was "great" and that Putin had "said very nice things about what I've done for this country in terms of the economy". "That means that investors trust the American economy, that means they have a lot of confidence in it".

Coming amid growing pressure from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, Trump's chummy call with Putin is sure to raise eyebrows. "Why does it all have to take on some tint of spymania?" he said.

The two heads of state discussed "the situation in several crisis zones, with a focus on solving the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula", the Kremlin said in a statement, without elaborating.

Nebenzya also returned fire over the USA accusation that Russian Federation is not doing enough to resolve the standoff, repeating Moscow's accusation that joint military exercises conducted by the United States and South Korea have contributed to the tensions and should be stopped temporarily while North Korea stops weapons testing to show that both sides are ready to discuss peace.

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

Washington this week said it was ready to talk to North Korea - which has launched several intercontinental ballistic missiles in recent months - "without preconditions".