There aren’t many liberals lining up to wish Donald Trump, our next president, a merry Christmas. But that’s OK — there are much more powerful people happy to give Trump season’s greetings instead. Vladimir Putin, considered to be the most powerful leader in the world right now, wrote Trump a letter wishing him a merry Christmas, and expressing his hope for a stronger relationship in the new year.
The Trump transition team released the letter, along with a quote from Trump calling it “very nice letter from Vladimir Putin”. This was despite the fact that both Trump and Putin were exchanging barbs about a nuclear arms race. “His thoughts are so correct. I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path,” Trump said in response to the letter, indicating that he is hoping for a peaceful relationship with Putin and Trump.
In the letter, Putin offered Trump his personal greetings, and called for the United States and Russia to work together in a “constructive and pragmatic manner”. “Dear Mr. Trump, Please accept my warmest Christmas and New Year greetings,” the letter began.
“Serious global and regional challenges, which our countries have to face in recent years, show that the relations between Russia and the U.S. remain an important factor in ensuring stability and security of the modern world,” Putin continued. “I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able – by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner – to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level.”
“Please accept my sincere wishes to you and your family of sound health, happiness, wellbeing, success and all the best,” he concluded.
The letter was addressed to “His Excellency” Donald Trump. And while Trump has spoken about wanting to improve the relationship between Russia and the United States, he will have some tough decisions to make once he is inaugurated — like, for example, whether or not to extend economic sanctions against Russia for their invasion of Ukraine. Trump also responded to a statement from Putin saying that Russia needed more nuclear weapons by suggesting that the United States also needs more nuclear weapons, and said he welcomed the idea of an arms race.
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