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That was merely the most distressing finding from an exclusive story that Reuters broke Thursday afternoon, which followed the president's first call with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at the end of January.

But when Putin inquired about extending the 2010 treaty, according to two current USA officials and one former official will knowledge of the conversation, Trump reportedly paused the conversation to ask his aides what New START, which was negotiated under the Obama administration, entails.

But Trump knows President Obama negotiated the treaty, which leads the Republican to assume it was a bad deal for the United States.

In an interview with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly that aired on Sunday, Trump compared the human rights abuses of the Putin regime with the United States.

Trump also does not appear to be taking part in the usual briefings presidents receive before calls with foreign leaders. Details of Trump's phone calls with Putin and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull have been leaked in recent days, alongside portions of the conversations with the heads of Mexico and France.

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Trump had agreed to honour the deal. "I received the assurance that I did [on the resettlement deal] from the president himself". Turnbull insisted today that relations between the diplomatic partners were strong despite reports that Trump had berated him.

"Other than that the information is not correct", Peskov said, adding that it would be "better to double check the information in the Foreign Ministry".

"He wanted an opinion on something, which is. very different". The treaty stipulates that both countries should cut the number of deployed strategic delivery vehicles to 700 units and reduce the number of installed warheads to 1,550.

Now a whopping nine high-ranking officials tell The Washington Post otherwise. Those concerns stem from suspicion of hacking activities that might have been overlooked in previous months, when intelligence officials have suspected the Russians of interfering in last year's elections.

That may be illegal, and to make matters worse, it contradicts denials made by senior members of the Trump administration, including Vice-President Mike Pence.

Lugar spent much of his career working on nuclear nonproliferation, successfully working to deactivate more than 7,500 weapons of mass destruction from the former Soviet Union and shepherding the New START treaty through the Senate in 2010. And it was only one in a series of contacts between the two men that began before the election, and also included talk of cooperating in the fight against the Islamic State, along with other issues.


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