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White House: Trump Has Asked Aide To Invite Putin To Washington

July 19, 2018 - 7:42 pm
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WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/CBS News) -- White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet Thursday that President Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C. in the fall.

"In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs," Sanders tweeted. "President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway."

The two world leaders have made headlines over their Monday summit in Helsinki, Finland, in which Trump's performance was widely criticized. Trump's relationship with Putin has come under close scrutiny amid the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 

But Trump has continued to insist that the U.S. should try to have a good relationship with Russia.

Trump was criticized in Helsinki for calling into question U.S. intelligence findings of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election at a news conference after the summit. Those comments, made alongside Putin, prompted blistering, bipartisan criticism at home.

But in an exclusive interview with Jeff Glor on the CBS Evening News that aired on Wednesday, said he has stated "numerous times before" that he agrees Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country," Trump told Glor. "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country. So certainly as the leader of a country you would have to hold him responsible, yes."

Trump also offered a clarification Tuesday that he had misspoken when he said that, and he accepts the findings of his intelligence agencies. 

But Trump did again say Russian interference with the election had nothing to do with his surprise victory and that his staff never colluded with foreign intelligence.

Trump tweeted about the potential "second meeting" with the Kremlin Thursday. 

"The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media," he said. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear........"

The last time a Russian presidential visit happened was in June 2010 when then-president Barack Obama met with President Dmitry Medvedev. 

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