The Wall Street Journal: Trump-Putin joint statement on Elbe anniversary alarms Russia critics in U.S.

The Wall Street Journal

Obama issued an anniversary declaration with Medvedev in 2010 as the U.S. sought to ‘reset’ relations with a new Russian leader; the two sides had recently signed an arms-control pact

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump arrive for a press conference after a one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018.

Associated Press

President Trump issued a symbolic joint statement Saturday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a move that has stirred debate within the Trump administration and spawned concern among some lawmakers on Capitol Hill, according to people familiar with the document.

The unusual declaration is intended to commemorate the 75th anniversary of a meeting between American and Soviet troops at the Elbe River on April 25, 1945.

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