President Trump chatted with Vladimir Putin Saturday, his first known conversation since taking office with the Russian leader he frequently complimented on the campaign trail.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted a photo of Trump on the phone in the Oval Office just after noon Saturday.
“@POTUS is now onto his 3rd of 5 head of government calls, speaking w Russian Pres Putin,” he tweeted.
The image appeared to show Trump looking at an issue of “Time” magazine that featured himself on the cover as the “Person of the Year.”
This call was highly anticipated not only in the US and Russia, but in other countries around the world as well, since President Trump's approach to Russia is very different from that of his predecessors.
In their first conversation since Donald Trump's inauguration as US president, he and President of Russia Vladimir Putin discussed improving cooperation between their countries in the fight against terrorism and the importance of rebuilding bilateral trade and economic ties.
Moscow sees Washington as its most important partner in fighting international terrorism, Putin told Trump, the Kremlin's official statements on the conversation note. Both leaders reportedly supported the idea of improving "real coordination" between their nations in the fight against Daesh and other terrorist groups active in Syria.
Trump and Putin also expressed their willingness to work together to "develop and stabilize" US-Russia interaction and assured each other that their nations' citizens view the other's positively.
In addition, the two world leaders discussed Iran's nuclear program, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the situation on the Korean peninsula, and the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, the Kremlin reports, as well as nonproliferation issues.
Trump and Putin are expected to speak again to discuss possible dates and places for a face-to-face meeting.
Earlier today, President Trump called the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
He is scheduled to call France's President Francois Hollande and lastly, Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull.