Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall, a sign of the President's intention to continue his détente with Moscow despite the political turmoil caused by the summit of 39, Helsinki
National Security Adviser John Bolton invited Democratic leaders and Republicans from Washington to side with Russia's top diplomat on US intelligence reports that Moscow interfered. in the presidential election of 2016. The President has repeatedly had to reverse or clarify his comments, amplifying the impact of his joint press conference with Mr Putin. Congress also expressed concern over the private nature of individual meetings between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin
Even Trump's national intelligence director, Dan Coats, said that he did not know what which had happened in Helsinki. "Well, you're right, I do not know what happened at this meeting," said Coats in response to a question asked at the Aspen Security Forum, Colorado
. a victory for Putin, whose last official visit to the United States dates back to July 2007, when he spent two days in the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine
The US President had tweeted that his meeting with Mr. Putin had been "a great success", despite the largely negative reaction, and that he was looking forward to a second meeting "so that we could start to put in implement some of the many things discussed, including the halting of terrorism, the security of Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyberattacks, trade, Ukraine, peace in the Middle East, Korea North and more. "He gave no indication of the date of this second meeting, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders revealed that negotiations were under way to invite the Russian leader in Washington later this year. "President Trump has asked Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and these talks are already underway."
Democrat Senate Speaker Chuck Schumer immediately criticized the planned invitation. "Until we know what happened at this two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the President should not have any more individual interactions with Putin – in the United States, in Russia. or elsewhere, "he said in a statement
. The last official visit of a Russian President to the United States took place in June 2010, when Dmitry Medvedev, today's Russian Prime Minister, visited the offer comes after the White House said that Mr Trump had rejected Putin's proposal to allow the Russian authorities to question US citizens, after the offer sparked sharp criticism in the United States, one of the three clarifications at least. 19659014] At a press conference after their meeting, Mr. Putin described the proposal when he was questioned about the possible extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers indicted three days ago for interference in the 2016 presidential election.
M. Putin said it would allow US law enforcement to observe interrogations of Russians indicted by Russian authorities in exchange for questioning by Russian investigators Third, citing the financier based in London Bill Browder, a punctual investor in Russia. Mr. Trump had described Putin's idea of "incredible offer" at the same press conference
"It is a sincere proposal of President Putin, but President Trump "I do not agree," Sanders said in a statement. Thursday. "I hope that President Putin will bring the 12 identified Russians to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt."