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Trump, Putin discuss Syria, North Korea, more in hour-plus call

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 21, 2017 at 10:32 a.m. Updated November 21, 2017 at 4:16 p.m.

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The Associated Press TRUMP AND PUTIN: Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump talk as they arrive for the family photo session Saturday during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Danang, Vietnam. President Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring "America first" message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had heaped praise on President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said.

Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke "very strongly about bringing peace to Syria" and "very strongly about North Korea."

Trump's phone call with the Russian president came a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin hosted Assad at a Black Sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with Russia, Turkey and Iran. Assad was called to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by the other three countries, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin said Putin briefed Trump in the phone call about his talks with Assad and plans for a political settlement in Syria. Putin also called for coordination of anti-terror efforts with the U.S., the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed.

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times earlier this month when they attended a summit in Vietnam. They agreed on a number of principles for the future of Syria.

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Popsmith says... November 21, 2017 at 7:08 p.m.

The U.S. and Russia are not enemies. We are competitors.

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gohogs17 says... November 21, 2017 at 8:38 p.m.

OMG, Russian "collusion"?

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carpenterretired says... November 21, 2017 at 9:16 p.m.

Well Trump does need to check in with the boss on occasion .

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glh05230944 says... November 22, 2017 at 9:51 a.m.

Just a routine report by soviet agent, liar, perverted, and pedophile supporter Trump to his Russian handler.

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