Trump, Putin to speak on Tuesday phone call


President Trump will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a Tuesday phone call, according to the White House.

Trump’s discussion with Putin is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. that afternoon in the Oval Office, it said Monday.

National security adviser H.R. McMaster is scheduled to meet Trump at 5:30 p.m., after the president’s conversation with Putin.

{mosads}The White House added that Trump’s Tuesday would begin with his daily intelligence briefing at 10:30 a.m.

Trump will next participate in a departure ceremony for Air Force Lt. Col. Wesley Spurlock at 11 a.m.

The president will additionally participate in the Air Force Academy’s commander in chief celebration 30 minutes later.

Russia is under intense congressional and media scrutiny following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement in March about his bureau’s activities.

Comey said that the FBI is probing Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential race, including collusion between Russian officials and members of Trump’s campaign.

The House Intelligence Committee has invited Comey and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers to appear before the panel Tuesday as part of its probe into Russia’s meddling.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has its own investigation of Moscow’s intrusions, reportedly brought on two additional staffers last week.

Trump repeatedly praised Putin during his election campaign, adding his administration would improve relations with Russia.

Tags Diplomacy Donald Trump Foreign policy H.R. McMaster Politics Russia Vladimir Putin White House

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