Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

President Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to Washington for fall meeting

President Donald Trump invites Vladimir Putin to Washington for fall meeting

Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, said in Moscow that the summit was a "remarkable event ... the main event of the current political season".

What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit?

On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the United States 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington. In exchange, U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller could send members of his team to watch Russian questioning of 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted by a U.S. grand jury last week in connection with hacking Democratic Party email accounts before the 2016 election.

On Thursday, Trump invited Putin to the White House this fall for a second sit-down while cleanup efforts from their first summit were still in full swing.

President Putin reacted aggressively to questions from USA reporters from the new agencies Reuters and the Associated Press.

Trump asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin, and "those discussions are already underway", Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday. He said the summit notably made progress on U.S.

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In a rebuke to the president, the Senate - controlled by Trump's fellow Republicans - unanimously approved a resolution expressing congressional opposition to any US officials being questioned with Russian officials. He says a second meeting with Putin will usher in the implementation of the laundry list of items they discussed in Helsinki.

In the following days, Trump attempted to quell the backlash.

"That's not going to happen", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBN News on Thursday.

Among those Russian Federation was seeking to question was former United States ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul.

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One such opportunity is what Trump termed an "incredible offer" from Putin to allow the US access to Russians accused of election hacking and other interference.

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Putin has sought to ally with Trump at a time when US ties to Europe are fraying, and both presidents are critical of the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

He clarified remarks he made at a news conference after the meeting, in which he said he saw no reason why Russian Federation would meddle in the 2016 USA election - despite U.S. intelligence concluding just that.

Trump has come in for bipartisan criticism for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week - and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

Trump hailed Putin's idea as an "incredible offer", while at least one of his perennial critics back home slammed the President's comments as "treasonous".

As CBS News has previously reported, Mr. Trump said he wanted them withdrawn within six months.

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"The summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday.

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