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President Trump is drawing criticism from lawmakers for his congratulatory phone call to Vladimir Putin, despite the Russian president's reelection being widely viewed as fraudulent.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday that he believes it was necessary for Trump to make the congratulatory phone call in order to foster cooperation with Russia on a host of issues.

“We need the help and support of Vladimir Putin to make sure that ISIS is wiped off the face of the Earth and that Kim Jong Un is not going to use a nuclear weapon against other countries,” he said.

Sandra Smith cited criticisms from Sens. John McCain (R-Az.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), noting that many have called Putin's reelection a "sham."

On Monday, Fox News senior strategic analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) called the win a “farce” due to Putin’s lack of competition.

“Why don’t we want to try and have a relationship with other countries when it is to the best interest of the United States, where we can mutually work together for a common goal?” Lewandowski asked Wednesday.

Smith also asked Lewandowski about Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation, to which he said there should be a finite end date now that no evidence of collusion in the 2016 election has been found.

“We’ve spent millions of taxpayer dollars [on the investigation], there has been no collusion shown between the Trump campaign and Russians and Russian officials in any way, shape or form,” Lewandowski said.

“I was there. It didn’t happen.”


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