Trump was silent on new US sanctions against Russia, but he praises Putin’s response – Los Angeles Times

Trump’s effusive words were particularly striking given the bipartisan view of Putin as more adversary than ally.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they supported the Obama administration’s move to expel Russian diplomats and block access to two properties owned by its government.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to call a hearing on Russia’s cyber activities when the new Congress convenes next week.

A Trump transition spokesman was asked earlier Friday whether Trump had spoken or planned to speak with Putin before his inauguration.

“The priority right now is for the president[-elect] to get an update next week from the intelligence community,” Sean Spicer said.

Trump’s praise┬ádid get tacit approval from some quarters. The Russian embassy in Washington retweeted it.

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