The Rushmore Report: Why Vladimir Putin Is Thanking President Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin called President Trump Sunday to thank him for something. In today’s highly charged political world, where Trump is roundly criticized by the left for even taking a call from Mr. Putin, it will not be widely reported that Putin called Trump – due to the nature of the call. What President Trump just did flies in the face of progressive criticism.

Putin thanked Trump for information that U.S. intelligence agencies provided that helped thwart “a major terror attack” in St. Petersburg.

“Based on the information the United States provided, Russian authorities were able to capture the terrorists just prior to an attack that could have killed large numbers of people. No Russian lives were lost and the terrorist attackers were caught and are now incarcerated,” a readout from the White House states.

“President Trump appreciated the call and told President Putin that he and the entire United States intelligence community were pleased to have helped save so many lives. President Trump stressed the importance of intelligence cooperation to defeat terrorists wherever they may be. Both leaders agreed that this serves as an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together.”

Both leaders also expressed their thanks to CIA Director Mike Pompeo, his team, and the entire intelligence community.

Putin also assured the president that if Russia ever had intelligence information about a potential terror attack in the United States they would immediately share the information.

Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSS) said Friday that seven Islamic State sympathizers were arrested for planning terror attacks in the city this weekend, including a suicide bombing in St. Petersburg’s Kazansky Cathedral in addition to other high-traffic areas in the city, the Associated Press reported.

Explosive devices, automatic weapons, and extremist propaganda were found while searching one St. Petersburg apartment. Had the plan been successful, it would have been the first major terror attack since April, when a suicide bomber in St. Petersburg’s subway killed 16 and injured more than 50 others.

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Leah Barkoukis writes for Townhall.

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