Putin Congratulates Trump

He says he hopes to remove US-Russia relations from 'crisis state'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 9, 2016 4:05 AM CST
Portraits of Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(Newser) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump's victory. In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning, and Putin expressed "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state," the AP reports. Other world leaders sending congratulations include India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who told Trump "he appreciated the friendship you have articulated toward India during your campaign," and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who said he is looking forward to working with Trump for "enhanced Philippines-US relations."

The Guardian reports that far-right political figures around the world have also congratulated Trump, including the United Kingdom Independence Party's Nigel Farage, who hailed the victory as a "revolution" that was "bigger than Brexit." In France, Front National leader Marine Le Pen congratulated the American people on their freedom, while party strategist Florian Philippot tweeted: "Their world is collapsing. Ours is being built." France's ambassador to the US tweeted, then deleted, a similar sentiment: "After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes.” (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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