Trump Speaks With Putin For More Than An Hour

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke over the phone for more than an hour Tuesday, according to the White House.

The White House said that the two leaders spoke about defeating the Islamic State in Syria and “peacefully” resolving the continued civil war in the Middle Eastern nation.

Putin and Trump also spoke about “the importance of fighting terrorism together throughout the Middle East and Central Asia,” according the White House. The statement added that they discussed implementing “lasting peace in Ukraine,” which Russia annexed land from, and continuing pressure on North Korea’s nuclear program.

The White House did not mention if Putin and Trump spoke about Russian election meddling.

“Every time he sees me he says I didn’t do that and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it,” Trump told reporters about Putin after meeting him earlier this month. “I think he is very insulted by it, which is not a good thing for our country. … [H]aving a relationship with Russia would be a great thing-not a good thing, it would be a great thing-especially as it relates to North Korea.”