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Putin says he and Trump speak 'regularly.' Here's how often that is.

Posted June 5, 2018 11:27 a.m. EDT

— Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he speaks "regularly" with President Donald Trump.

So, how often do they really speak?

Trump and Putin have spoken by phone eight times, according to readouts distributed by the White House. They have met in person twice during Trump's presidency -- once at a formal bilateral meeting in Germany and once on the sidelines of a leaders' summit in Vietnam.

An administration official told CNN's Jeremy Diamond that the White House puts out readouts for every call Trump has with Putin, knowing that it "would've been a disaster if news leaked of a secret call."

The pace of Trump-Putin calls is roughly equivalent to the number of phone calls President Barack Obama held with Putin in his final two years in office. They spoke nine times in 2015 and 2016.

Trump speaks more often with key European allies in the UK, Germany and France than with Putin. Those countries are trade and treaty allies.

Here's a full accounting of all the calls:

Trump-Putin calls (8)

March 20, 2018 February 12, 2018 December 17, 2017 December 14, 2017 November 21, 2017 May 2, 2017 April 3, 2017 January 28, 2017

Trump-Merkel calls (14)

March 27, 2018 March 2, 2018 September 28, 2017 September 22, 2017 September 4, 2017 July 6, 2017 July 3, 2017 June 1, 2017 April 24, 2017 April 10, 2017 April 5, 2017 March 28, 2017 March 13, 2017 January 28, 2017

Trump-Macron calls (27)

June 1, 2018 May 13, 2018 May 8, 2018 April 30, 2018 April 26, 2018 April 14, 2018 April 9, 2018 April 8, 2018 April 4, 2018 March 27, 2018 March 21, 2018 March 10, 2018 March 2, 2018 January 11, 2018 January 7, 2018 December 4, 2017 November 27, 2017 November 18, 2017 October 6, 2017 September 19, 2017 September 8, 2017 August 12, 2017 August 4, 2017 June 27, 2017 June 1, 2017 May 8, 2017 January 28, 2017 (Hollade)

Trump-May calls (26)

June 4, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 5, 2018 April 14, 2018 April 12, 2018 April 10, 2018 March 28, 2018 March 13, 2018 March 5, 2018 February 6, 2018 January 25, 2018 December 19, 2017 November 1, 2017 October 10, 2017 October 2, 2017 September 21, 2017 September 15, 2017 September 6, 2017 July 8, 2017 June 9, 2017 June 3, 2017 June 1, 2017 May 23, 2017 April 18, 2017 April 10, 2017 March 22, 2017

Obama-Putin calls (2016 and 2015) -- (9)

July 6, 2016 April 18, 2016 March 14, 2016 February 22, 2016 February 14, 2016 January 13, 2016 July 15, 2015 June 25, 2015 February 10, 2015