For years Moscow has complained that Washington does not treat it as an equal. But in a statement released after President Trump and Russian Vladimir Putin talked by phone for the first time, the tone was decidedly upbeat.
Here’s the Russian government’s statement on the phone call:
“During the meeting, both sides had shown a disposition to actively work together on stabilization and development of Russian-American interaction -- in a constructive, equal and mutually beneficial basis.
It’s a day of world leader calls for President Trump, who held the first officially scheduled telephone conversation of his presidency with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.
Trump went into that call with high hopes for a “fantastic relationship,” as he put it the day before.
But longstanding American allies aren’t so upbeat about how things might now be heading in U.S.-Russian relations, and what it means for the transatlantic alliance. Trump’s Saturday to-do list also includes calls with the German chancellor and French president.
Congressional reaction to President Trump's orders banning refugees and immigrants from some Muslim countries from entering the country was swift and overwhelmingly critical among Democrats, while Republican leaders remained largely silent or accepting.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump had chosen a "dark path," while both Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer of New York and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco said the Statue of Liberty had "tears."
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), who had opposed Trump's proposed Muslim ban in 2016, accepted the president's move.
An undetermined number of longtime U.S. residents have been stranded overseas as a result of President Trump's executive order temporarily blocking visas from seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
All visa holders from those seven countries are now barred entry to the U.S., including lawful permanent residents, also known as green card holders, people with U.S. work visas and other types of visas, according to a senior U.S. immigration official. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Some of the affected countries, such as Yemen and Libya, have relatively few nationals who are U.S. permanent residents or visa holders. But a large number of Iranians have permanent residency in the U.S., as do smaller numbers from some of the other countries on the list, which includes Iraq, Syria, Somalia and Sudan.
President Trump is planning phone calls today with five world leaders as he begins to shape his administration's foreign policy and establish key relationships.
At 9 a.m Pacific time, Trump is expected to speak with Russia President Vladimir Putin.
Trump said Friday that having Russia as an ally "would be an asset." But many in the U.S. and abroad have been alarmed by Trump's unusually friendly references to Putin, whose annexation of Crimea in 2014 led to sanctions by the U.S. and others.
The Trump administration has instructed the Pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of the nation’s military, and draw up a list of plans to upgrade equipment, improve training, and address current and future threats with an increased budget.
The executive action, signed Friday during President Trump’s first visit to the Pentagon, follows through on a campaign pledge to build up the military, which Trump says was ignored under the Obama administration.
“I’m signing an executive action to begin a great rebuilding of the armed services of the United States, developing a plan for new planes, new ships, new resources and new tools for our men and women in uniform,” he said in a brief address to a crowd made up of civilians and uniformed service members.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants the acting Labor secretary to explain why a website for complaints from Wells Fargo & Co. employees has disappeared, and she has requested an update on the department’s investigation into the bank’s unauthorized-accounts scandal.
"Taking down this website enables Wells Fargo to escape full responsibility for its fraudulent actions and the department to shirk its outstanding obligations to American workers,” Warren (D-Mass.) wrote Thursday to Edward Hugler, a deputy assistant secretary and 39-year department veteran who has been acting secretary since President Trump took office.
The page was created in September after former Labor Secretary Tom Perez began a “top-to-bottom review” of how the bank treated employees as it pushed aggressive sales quotas that led to the creation of as many as 2 million accounts opened without customers’ consent.
President Trump is poised to temporarily halt the nation’s refugee program and usher in the most sweeping changes in more than 40 years to how the U.S. welcomes the world’s most vulnerable people.
Trump’s actions, which could come as soon as this afternoon, would block all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and suspend the acceptance of refugees from war-torn Syria indefinitely.
He would also block visa applicants entirely from a list of countries with counterterrorism concerns, including Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, until a new “extreme vetting” procedure for visa applicants could be launched.
President Trump said Friday he still believes torture is an effective tool in the war on terror but would let Defense Secretary James Mattis' opposing views on the issue "override" his own.
Though Trump has presented himself as a muscular leader, his public statement that a Cabinet secretary's views on a key issue would override his own is highly unusual for a president.
Mattis "has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding or however you want to define it," Trump said during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. "I don't necessarily agree but I would tell you that he will override, because I'm giving him that power."