Trump said the two leaders had a “very good call,” he congratulated Putin on his victory, and they agreed to “get together in the not too distant future,” according to White House pool reports.
McCain was not pleased with the president congratulating Putin amid the allegations of voting fraud.
“An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,” McCain said in a statement. “And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election to determine their country’s future, including the countless Russian patriots who have risked so much to protest and resist Putin’s regime.”
Trump and McCain have had a rocky relationship since the Republican primaries several years ago, where the now-president mocked the Arizona senator’s time as a prisoner of war.