Rand Paul Delivers Trump Letter To Putin

The document fails to address questions raised

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in turn that Donald Trump would be able to visit Moscow for meeting Putin upon receiving an official invitation and hoped to meet his Russian counterpart in Washington after January 1, 2019.

Rand Paul to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sen. Rand Paul announced on Wednesday that he "was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin's administration" that he said addressed topics ranging from counterterrorism to "resuming cultural exchanges".

The White House later clarified that it was written as a means of introduction for the senator, who wanted to meet with Mr. Putin.

Both Trump and Putin have invited each other to their respective capital cities in the aftermath of last month's Helsinki summit between the two leaders.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet examined the letter Paul presented.

U.S. President Donald Trump receives a football from Russian President Vladimir Putin as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16.

Paul is on a trip to Russian Federation this week he has said is aimed at boosting engagement with the USA adversary.

Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from OH who resigned after the Helsinki summit, pointed out that Trump defended Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The White House again refused to answer questions about what was taken about during the summit but would neither confirm or deny the validity of the document.

Trump sparked outrage by largely accepting Putin's word over that of his intelligence agencies at the Helsinki news conference.

Damani Bryant Felder, a Trump supporter, pointed out that given how prolifically leaky the administration is, if the Russians had something on Trump we would know by now.

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has continued to meet with Russian officials in Moscow this week along with visiting the US embassy.

The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

Paul's colleagues in the Senate from both parties introduced legislation last week to impose strict new sanctions on Russian Federation.



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