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The Latest: Note to Trump told him to not congratulate Putin

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- 
   
A senior administration official says President Donald Trump was warned in briefing materials to refrain from congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his re-election victory, but he did so anyway.
   
The official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that aides had included a section in Trump's briefing materials for the call stating in all-caps: "DO NOT CONGRATULATE."
   
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.
   
The "DO NOT CONGRATULATE" message was first reported Tuesday by The Washington Post.
   
It was unclear whether Trump, who prefers oral briefings, read the talking points prepared by his national security team before Tuesday's call. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster briefed the president in person before the call in the White House residence.
   
The State Department spokeswoman noted that some people were paid to turn out to vote in Russia and opposition leaders were intimidated or jailed.
   -- By Associated Press writer Zeke Miller
 

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