Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Sen. Rand Paul announced on Wednesday that he "was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin's administration" that he said addressed topics ranging from counterterrorism to "resuming cultural exchanges".

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet examined the letter Paul presented.

Regardless of who initiated the letter, it comes as Trump faces mounting scrutiny over a private meeting he held with Putin in Helsinki in mid-July, the details of which even Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats claimed to have no full knowledge of weeks after the summit.

The letter comes three weeks after Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, sparking a backlash in both parties after his initial refusal to side with the US intelligence community over Russian denials about meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 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.

Russian officials were less happy, with a spokeswoman for Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov complaining about the leaks, and saying they aren't clear how Russia can possibly talk to the United States when they can't keep even the content of negotiations secret.

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There has been no indication that a Putin-Paul meeting would occur.

President Donald Trump's summits in North Korea and Russian Federation have received tepid support at home, with less than a third of Americans saying the trips were a success in an Economist/YouGov poll released Wednesday.

The White house declined to comment on Politico this information, but a denial of the fact that trump received any such documents.

But Peskov said the Kremlin had not familiarized itself with the contents.

He also held talks in Moscow with parliamentarians and pledged to block new sanctions against Russian Federation. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coates, has said he is still in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their tête-à-tête in Finland. Under pressure from Congress, which previous year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities.

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