Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to send an invitation to Russian president Vladimir Putin, asking him to come to the White House after the summer is over. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders posted on Twitter that POTUS had: “agreed to ongoing working-level dialogue between the two security council staffs” on a summit between the two leaders that took place on Monday.
She also said: “President Trump asked (national security adviser John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.”
On Thursday, Trump stated: “I look forward to our second meeting.” This information became news when the US director of national intelligence Dan Coats revealed that he didn’t know what the two leaders had talked about during their stay in Helsinki, Finland.
Mr. Coats said: “I think as time goes by and the president has already mentioned some things that happened in that meeting, I think we will learn more. But that is the president’s prerogative.” He also mentioned the US intelligence assessment regarding the alleged Russian meddling into the US presidential election and Moscow’s “ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy.”
Trump has denied that Russia was involved in any way in the US presidential election in 2016 and as he said, he “didn’t see any reason.” POTUS was harshly criticized by the United States public and politicians after the summit, for not attacking Putin to accept Moscow’s involvement. However, the following day, he said that he got confused and used would instead of wouldn’t. So, if we take a look at his speech, Trump said how he didn’t see any reason why Russia wouldn’t be involved in the US elections. He said what he meant “should have been obvious – I thought it would be obvious but would like to clarify in case it wasn’t.”
This was his first clarification, but POTUS had many controversial comments during that press conference. Even this explanation doesn’t seem legit because one cannot misuse these words without correcting themselves immediately since the meaning is completely different.
Trump also mentioned an “incredible offer” made by the Russian president, but the White House attempted to distance themselves from this. The offer was to allow the US to question 12 Russians accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. In return, they would have to allow the Russians to interview Americans they had accused of unspecified crimes.
This idea wasn’t well received with the US politicians, causing the White House to step back. “Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.”
One of the people Kremlin had in mind for questioning was the US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul who was accused of fraud and corruption by the Moscow. McFaul considered this request from Russia ridiculous, and he received support in the Senate where all 98 politicians voted to support a resolution that would prevent these people from being sent to Russia for questioning.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Christian Broadcasting Network on Thursday that this was “not going to happen.”
After the summit, many criticized Trump for becoming too friendly with Vladimir Putin. Even though he received heavy criticism, the US president said that the relationship between the two countries is improving. And now he is inviting his colleague from Moscow to come to Washington. If this is indeed true, then we can consider it a good move. However, I don’t see that the American public is going to support him in such actions and the Democrats cannot wait for Trump to make another mistake.