White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced in a tweet on Thursday that US President Donald Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to a visit to Washington.
The invitation was issued to advance the ” ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs,” according to Sanders.
In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 19, 2018
The announcement comes as Trump faces a strong backlash, particularly from his peers in the Republican party, following Monday’s meeting with Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.
Russia has repeatedly denied the meddling in the election and allegations of collusion with the Trump campaign, especially since all US intelligence communities who collectively make this claim, fail to provide any evidence.
Putin’s visit to Washington, if it happened, would be the fourth meeting of the two leaders, after meetings in Finland and other events in Germany and Vietnam.
US National Intelligence Director Dan Coats was briefed on Huckabee Sanders’ announcement while addressing the Aspen Safety Forum in Colorado and said the meeting would be something “special.”
So far, there has been no official Kremlin statement in this regard.
However, although anti-Trumpers in the US claim that the US President is “soft” on Russia, this has not stopped the US Treasury from wanting to put more sanctions on the Eurasian country with no condemnation of prevention by Trump. The reason for the proposed new sanctions is because of these supposed “hacking” of the US elections with media now changing the phrasing to “intervention”. However, both claims of hacking and intervention, as previously stated, are made without any evidence being provided.