Vladimir Putin's First Message to Donald Trump Was a Telegram

Not the app. The Morse Code messaging device. 

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Vladimir Putin has a quaint habit when new world leaders come into power: He sends them a telegram. No, he doesn’t use the encrypted messaging app of the same name that’s popular with terrorists, he sends an actual, Morse-coded message. Donald Trump has received his.

According to a Kremlin press release, Putin congratulated Trump on winning the U.S. Presidential election. Though the full text of the message is not available, it’s clear that the current and future world leaders have a pretty comfortable relationship.

“In his message, Mr Putin said he hopes for work together to lift Russian-U.S. relations out of the current crisis, resolve issues on the international agenda, look for effective responses to global security challenges,” said a Kremlin press release. “The President said he is confident that Moscow and Washington can establish a constructive dialogue based on the principles of equality, mutual respect, and genuine consideration for each other’s positions. This would be in the interests of both peoples and of the entire international community.”

Putin and Trump employ advisors with technical expertise. The telegram is just a Putin tradition along the lines of suppressing dissent.