Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Donald Trump ja Vladimir Putin kättelevät

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Yet the White House said after Paul's declaration that it was the Kentucky senator who had requested the letter to Putin - and that Trump included in the letter issues that Paul has raised. Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions needed to be tied up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the US leader came under heavy criticism for failing to confront Putin about interference in the 2016 election at a summit last Monday. He says the letter emphasized the importance of working together on counter-terrorism, legislative talks and cultural exchanges. During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Trump slammed the Department of Justice's Russia investigation that is looking at Russian meddling and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

After the summit, Paul and Trump discussed the senator's planned meetings with Russian officials and the messages the president wanted Paul to convey to them.

The FBI and the intelligence committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives have been pursuing a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

At a rally in OH last weekend, the president said other countries are trying to interfere in USA elections, suggesting that China, Iran and North Korea could be responsible in addition to Russian Federation.

A Kremlin spokesman confirmed that the letter was delivered and was making its way to Putin.

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The president later corrected some of his remarks, saying he misspoke. He also invited a delegation of Russian lawmakers to Washington DC.

Paul, has cheered the Kentucky senator's leadership in bringing about more diplomacy between Russian Federation and the United States.

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration.

Jeremy Montanez said he was bothered by Trump being "a suck-up to Vladimir Putin, because obviously that country has something on him".

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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