On Friday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, denied condemning Russia over the poisoning of Alexey Navalny, the opposition leader. However, leaders from the rest of the world and the officials of the Trump administration pinned the blame on the country. During press news on Friday, reporters asked Trump about his message to Russia about the poisoning of Navalny after the Government of Germany said a chemical agent known to be exploited by the Kremlin used against Navalny.
President Trump declined to condemn Russia over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, even though leaders from around the world, as well as other Trump administration officials, have pinned the blame on the country https://t.co/mUSUaAPfOr
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When asked how the United States should react, Trump said they need to look at it very seriously. If that is the case and he think he will. He adds that he does not know accurately what happened. But it was tragic and terrible; it should not happen. The recent example of the president denies condemning Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin, for authoritarian actions. In the poisoning case, leaders across the world, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, offered massive condemnation and called for a response from the government of Russia.
Russia used the chemical nerve agent Novichok in the Past
John Ullyot, the National Security Council spokesman, said last week that the U.S. deeply troubled by the released results. The poisoning of Alexei Navalny is entirely wrong. Russia previously used Novichok, the chemical nerve agent. Their administration will work with allied and the worldwide community to hold those in Russia accountable.
According to the U.S. State Department, Stephen Biegun, the Deputy Secretary of State, met with the Russian Ambassador to the United States of America on Friday and shared his deep concern at the poisoning with a chemical nerve agent. Whereas on Thursday, Kayleigh McEnany, the press secretary of the White House, called the poisoning clearly wrongdoing.