White House Defends Trump's Congratulatory Call To Putin

Donald Trump congratulated Vladmir Putin on winning re-election — but Russia's elections are notoriously unfair.

White House Defends Trump's Congratulatory Call To Putin
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The White House is defending President Donald Trump's call to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election. 

Trump faced backlash after the call. The country's elections have a history of being unfair and undemocratic.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday: "We don't get to dictate how other countries operate. What we do know is that Putin has been elected in their country, and that's not something that we can dictate to them, how they operate."

Intelligence officials have determined Russia interfered in the U.S.' 2016 presidential election.

According to The Washington Post, Trump's national security advisers specifically told him not to congratulate Putin in his briefing materials.

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN.