U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to each other by phone on Saturday, marking the first correspondence between Trump and Putin since the former won the Oval Office. Now, both leaders have announced an intention to take on ISIS in Syria and to mend the strained relationship between the U.S. and Russia.
Amidst the fury surrounding his decision to sign an executive order banning refugees and immigrants from seven countries, Trump made an effort over the weekend to contact leaders from France, Germany, Australia, and Japan, among others.
Trump’s call with Putin, though, comes after months of speculation that Russian hackers helped sway the presidential election in his favor.
“The positive call was a significant start to improving the relationship between the United States in Russia that is in need of repair,” the White House said in a statement. “Both President Trump and President Putin are hopeful that after today’s call the two sides can move quickly to tackle terrorism and other important issues of mutual concern.”
Meanwhile, the Kremlin released a statement which said that Trump and Putin discussed the prospect of fostering a stronger economic relationship between the two countries as a way to reinforce the strength of U.S.-Russian ties.
“The Presidents have spoken in favor of establishing a real coordination between the US and Russian actions in order to defeat ISIS and other terrorist organizations in Syria,” the statement read.