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President Donald Trump speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. in January. Photo By Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

In phone call, Trump and Putin talk economy, North Korean nuclear threat

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for remarks he made Thursday “acknowledging America’s strong economic performance,” the White House said.

The two presidents spoke by phone following Putin’s annual press conference in Moscow.

Trump and Putin also discussed ways to work together to address North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons program.

During his remarks in Moscow, Putin accused those investigating potential collusion between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign of damaging the U.S. political situation, “incapacitating the president and showing a lack of respect to voters who cast their ballots for him.”

Putin also warned the U.S. against using force against North Korea. Trump has repeatedly said that all options remain on the table.

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