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Trump Thanks Putin for Economy Remarks 12/15 06:23

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir 
Putin for remarks he made Thursday "acknowledging America's strong economic 
performance," the White House said.

   The two presidents spoke by phone following Putin's annual press conference 
in Moscow.

   They discussed ways to work together to address North Korea's nuclear and 
ballistic weapons program, the White House said.

   In an equally brief statement, the Kremlin said in addition to North Korea, 
Trump and Putin discussed relations between their two countries and agreed to 
stay in contact. The Kremlin made a point of noting that Trump initiated the 

   During his remarks in Moscow, Putin accused those investigating potential 
collusion between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign of damaging the 
U.S. political situation, "incapacitating the president and showing a lack of 
respect to voters who cast their ballots for him."

   Asked to assess Trump's first year in office, Putin said he has had "some 
fairly serious achievements," pointing specifically to the sharp rise in U.S. 
stock markets.

   "This indicates the confidence of investors in the American economy. This 
indicates they have confidence in what President Trump is doing in this 
sphere," Putin said. "With all due respect to those in opposition to President 
Trump in the United States, these are objective factors.'"

   Putin also warned the U.S. against using force against North Korea. Trump 
has repeatedly said that all options remain on the table.


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