Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

Cheryl Sanders
August 9, 2018

The White House said the Republican president had provided Paul with a "letter of introduction" for his trip at the senator's request.

The president faced fierce bipartisan criticism for days after he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland.

Details in the single page agenda for the meeting shows Mr Putin remains interested in maintaining continued cooperation with the U.S. on nuclear weapons. President Putin has already extended an invitation to Trump to visit the Russian capital. The Russian news agency TASS quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Trump letter to Putin had been delivered to the Russian side "through diplomatic channels, but the Kremlin has not familiarized itself with the letter as of yet".

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. A meeting between Paul and Putin has not happened and isn't expected to happen at the moment. "We expect that the president's administration will receive it shortly", Peskov said.

Paul, who defended Trump in the wake of his summit with Putin last month in Helsinki, has been visiting Russian Federation with a delegation for several days. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges", Paul wrote in a Twitter post.

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had planned this Russian Federation trip before the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, Finland last month, the source said.

The White House pushed back against Sen.

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.

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has continued to meet with Russian officials in Moscow this week along with visiting the USA embassy. 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. A reported text of the draft bill published on Wednesday sent Russia's rouble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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