Details of Trump-Putin call raise new White House leak concerns

Trump and Putin have signaled a desire to tighten US-Russian relations amid tensions resulting from Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

The news agency said Trump paused to ask aides what the treaty was, and then denounced it as favoring Russian Federation.

According to the news agency, the new American president needed to consult with aides when Putin raised the possibility of extending the New START agreement that came into force in 2010.

What is more concerning is that the treaty Trump denounced is considered a key step towards reducing and monitoring both countries' deployed nuclear weaponry. After the treaty was explained to him, Trump returned to the call and described it as a bad deal. "Trump's reported comments that New START is a "bad deal" and favored Russian Federation is simply wrong".

He now runs an eponymous center that's created to be "a platform for an informed debate on global issues", and said he hopes Trump studies up on the issue before he talks to Putin again.

Former Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) spent much of his Senate career working on nuclear nonproliferation, and played a key role in passing the New START treaty that President Trump has been so critical of.

In his Senate confirmation hearings, U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson said he supports the treaty, although at the time he was not yet confirmed and it was not clear that this position was representative of administration policy.

In a phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump questioned an agreement reached by the Obama administration to accept 1,250 refugees now being held by Australia in offshore detention centers.

The Reuters exclusive was based on two sources who were briefed by people who read the notes taken, along with another person briefed on the January 28 call.

A debate is raging in Washington about how the Trump administration should approach Russian Federation in the wake of the intelligence community's report about Moscow's cyberattacks aimed at influencing the 2016 presidential election.

According to Trump, the document is not good for Washington. "I want to know what the Russians have on Donald Trump", she told NBC's Chuck Todd.

This continues a pattern Trump established during the presidential transition period when the State Department revealed that Trump was not receiving customary briefings before conversations with his foreign counterparts.

In recent years, Russia-U.S. relations have plunged to post-Cold war lows over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian Federation hacking of the Democrats in the U.S. presidential election.

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