President Trump on Sunday congratulated France for winning the 2018 World Cup and praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for putting on a “truly great” tournament.
“Congratulations to France, who played extraordinary soccer, on winning the 2018 World Cup. Additionally, congratulations to President Putin and Russia for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament — one of the best ever!” Trump tweeted.
Trump offered his congratulations to both France and the host country, Russia, while he was en route to Helsinki for a meeting with Putin.
The president has drawn criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for his reluctance to speak out against Putin and Russia, particularly for attempting to meddle in the 2016 U.S. election, and for his generally friendly air toward the country and its leader.
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