US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for more than an hour on Friday, discussing the possibility of a new nuclear accord, North Korean denuclearisation, Ukraine and the political situation in Venezuela, the White House said.
"He is not looking at all to get involved in Venezuela other than he'd like to see something positive happen for Venezuela", Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday, following a call with the Russian leader earlier in the day. "As I have always said, long before the Witch Hunt started, getting along with Russia, China, and everyone is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump wrote.
The call comes as President Trump continues to face fallout following the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and amid growing calls for Attorney General William Barr to resign for his handling of the report.
"Cuba, Russia send troops to prop Maduro up in Venezuela.while we talk/sanction", Graham tweeted.
"There was a discussion about extending current nuclear agreements as well as discussions about possibly starting a new one that could include China as well", Sanders said.
Putin also told Trump that the new leadership in Ukraine should take steps to solve the Ukrainian crisis, the Kremlin said.
The United States and most other Western countries no longer recognize Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate leader, having switched interim recognition to Juan Guaido, the president of Venezuela's democratically elected national assembly.
He added, "President Trump is not saying, well, this is what Putin claims". Latin Americans remain broadly skeptical of American military intervention - most of their governments have joined the United States in backing Guaidó - and USA action could fracture the current consensus over Venezuela.
The Kremlin said that the "long" conversation was at Trump's initiative, and made no mention of discussion of the Mueller probe.
According to the White House, Mr Trump told Mr Putin the USA "stands with the people of Venezuela" and stressed he wanted to bring humanitarian relief supplies to the chaotic country.
The call was revealed by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who gave details to reporters during a gaggle, and later by Trump himself.
Kellyanne Conway's husband also tweeted that "for Trump to be talking to any foreign leader with or without supervision for any length of time is terrifying". Putin has denied that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 US presidential campaign.
Mr Trump continued to put forward his narrative that the investigation was "a witch-hunt".