Trump says US tip to Russia helped prevent attack in Saint Petersburg

Trump says US tip to Russia helped prevent attack in Saint Petersburg
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE said Tuesday that the U.S. provided information to Russia that helped thwart a planned terrorist attack in the city of Saint Petersburg.

"President Putin of Russia called to thank me and the U.S. for informing them of a planned terrorist attack in the very beautiful city of Saint Petersburg," Trump tweeted. "They were able to quickly apprehend the suspects, with many lives being saved. Great & important coordination!"

Both the White House and the Kremlin had issued readouts of Putin's call to Trump over the weekend, but neither government provided details about the attack the U.S. helped prevent.

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The White House described it as a "potential holiday terrorist attack in Russia" but provided no further information. Putin and Trump also discussed bilateral relations between their two countries and arms control during the call.

The relationship between Trump and Putin has attracted enormous scrutiny since Trump took office.

The U.S. intelligence community and former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE concluded that Russia conducted a campaign to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that it preferred Trump.

The president sparked backlash in 2018 when he said during a joint press conference in Helsinki that he took Putin at his word that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 race.

The House earlier this month impeached Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his conduct toward Ukraine that included holding up security assistance intended to help Kyiv defend itself against Russian aggression.

Putin called the impeachment proceedings "far-fetched" in a news conference this month.

The White House typically points to sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Russia as evidence Trump has been tough on Moscow.