Rand Paul says he delivered Trump letter to Putin

Putin lobbied US President Donald Trump to control nuclear arms

Putin lobbied US President Donald Trump to control nuclear arms

The summit meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump in Helsinki on July 16 was the first full-fledged Russian-US summit during Trump's presidency. Rand Paul Wednesday after the Kentucky Republican implied on Twitter that President Trump had asked him to deliver a letter of introduction to Russian President Vladimir 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. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats, has said that he is in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

Paul's Moscow trip, Trump said the junior senator from Kentucky "would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss several topics".

The meeting last month was also attended by the Russian Foreign Ministry and a U.S. delegation led by Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State.

But the White House didn't offer an explanation on why such a high-level communication between the two leaders was revealed through a senator's office and not the West Wing's press office, which is typically standard protocol.

At a rally in OH last weekend, the president said other countries are trying to interfere in US elections, suggesting that China, Iran and North Korea could be responsible in addition to Russian Federation. "In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. In a joint news conference with Trump, Putin said he did want Trump to win because then-candidate Trump had said he wanted to improve U.S.

Earlier this week Paul announced that he had secured an agreement with his Russian counterparts for Russian legislators to visit the USA and "continue dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism".

Last week, Trump's national security team said Russian Federation is behind "pervasive" attempts to interfere in the November midterm elections, rejecting denials that Putin made directly to Trump.

A reported text of the draft bill published Wednesday sent Russia's ruble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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