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President Trump spoke with Vladimir Putin this afternoon, congratulating him on winning re-election on Sunday. After the call, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said it wasn’t up to the U.S. to “dictate" how Russia holds elections.
Sen. John McCain's response:
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections."
The bottom line: Trump is not alone in congratulating Putin — leaders in France, Germany and elsewhere have done so this week, as Barack Obama did in 2012. But past administrations certainly have seen it as America’s role to call balls and strikes when it comes to elections abroad, Axios world editor Dave Lawler notes.
What to watch: Will the White House take a similar position on elections in Venezuela in May, which are widely expected to be a farce? Based on past comments, probably not.
Flashback: Obama called to congratulate Putin in 2012, when he returned to the presidency after a four year hiatus. Obama, who was attempting a “reset” with Russia at the time, didn’t raise electoral issues either, though the State Department did.
Trump holds up a chart of military hardware sales with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images
Investors are beginning to sour on some of the biggest tech companies since weekend revelations that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed 50 million users' data through Facebook's platform.
Black Panther has officially won Twitter, becoming the most tweeted movie of all time, according to the social network. Per the AP: