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White House issues threat over leaked Trump briefing papers

White House issues threat over leaked Trump briefing papers
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U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and Russia s President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Published Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:26AM EDT

WASHINGTON -- The White House wants to know who leaked U.S. President Donald Trump s briefing papers to the press and thereby let it be known publicly that advisers had recommended against offering congratulations to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Republicans and others have criticized Trump for congratulating Putin on his re-election, which some observers have rejected as a rigged vote.

A White House statement issued Wednesday warned that it would be a firing offence and likely illegal to leak the president s briefing papers. An internal investigation is underway.
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