White House invites Putin to Washington for meeting
- Author: Leroy Wright Jul 21, 2018,
Jul 21, 2018, 1:21
Sarah Sanders tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way.
On Thursday, after an outcry in Congress, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal to have Russian officials question Americans suspected of illegal activity by Moscow, including a former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul. A Republican congressman and former Central Intelligence Agency officer, William Hurd, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times late on Thursday entitled, "Trump is Being Manipulated by Putin".
In the op-ed, titled "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin". "A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained", Bennett wrote.
Before the meeting in Helsinki, Coats publicly warned that the U.S. was facing a growing cyber threat, singling out Russian Federation as the country's most hostile adversary.
"I believe that it has to become normal for a US President and Russian [President] to meet", adding that it is always good "especially when these two countries talk" because they control 90% of the world's nuclear arsenal.
President Donald Trump rejected Thursday a proposal by Vladimir Putin to allow Russian officials to interrogate a former USA ambassador and other American citizens, amid outrage across Washington that he would even consider it. I have tremendous faith in Dan Coats.
In November 2001, Putin flew to the U.S. on a state visit and met with George Bush in the White House.
In the CBS interview, Trump asserted he was leading a hard-line policy on Russian Federation.
In the US presidential campaign that year, Akhmetshin and Veselnitskaya appeared to gain traction. With his base still behind him, Mr Trump appears ready to press on with his efforts.
How did Trump respond to Putin's suggestion? Flake has said the president "basically threw the whole country under the bus" when Trump said that Putin "was extremely strong and powerful in his denial" of meddling in the USA elections, declining to endorse the findings of US intelligence agencies. The White House has not said whether Trump has asked her to do that.
Democratic Senate leader Charles Schumer said that unless details of the Helsinki summit are known, the U.S. president should refrain from more one-on-one interactions Putin "in the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else". Trump has gone back and forth on what was said during the meeting and whether he believes Russian Federation meddled in the election on his behalf.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday of the proposed Russian questioning, "That's not going to happen".
At the same Aspen Security Forum where Coats made his displeasure known, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray earlier in the week hinted he has considered resigning. Putin has denied such interference.
After coming home, however, Trump said he had "misspoke" during the conference.
Allowing Russian officials to interview Mr McFaul would be a violation of the longstanding tradition that foreign diplomats have legal immunity. Coats, the nation's top intelligence official, said "Did I hear you", per the HuffPost, then paused before saying: "OK".
Moscow is open to a possible visit by Vladimir Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from Donald Trump, Russia's U.S. envoy has said.