Rand Paul says he delivered a letter from Trump to Putin

Lamar Ellis
August 10, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a series of talking points during his trip to Helsinki which included nuclear disarmament and banning the placement of weapons in space, says a memo obtained by U.S. politics journal Politico.

According to Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov confirmed that the letter was sent to Putin "through diplomatic channels", but the Kremlin has not yet reviewed it.

The White House later released its own statement underscoring that the letter was "introductory" and written at the request of Paul.

Paul, one of the few Republicans to defend Trump's much-maligned performance at a July 16 news conference with Putin in Helsinki, said he had traveled to Moscow to encourage diplomacy. Paul said he had invited them to Washington.

"I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration".

Paul has been one of the president's most vocal defenders in recent weeks, defending Trump for appearing to accept Putin's denials of USA election interference.

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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 specifically on the leak, but noted that Sen.

The president later corrected some of his remarks, saying he misspoke.

Congressman Massie suggested in an interview with Breitbart News that America and the world will benefit from the increased dialogue between the two countries. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coates, has said that he is in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki.

Last Thursday, Rubio and Van Hollen, noting the "urgency of the challenge before our nation", wrote to the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees pressing them to hold hearings on the legislation before the start of an early August recess.

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