White House invites Putin to Washington for fall meeting

Aaron Brown
July 20, 2018

CNBC reporter John Harwood tweeted Wednesday that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders "declined to rule out U.S. cooperation in that effort" and that Trump would consult his national security team.

Sanders' comment is the second time the White House has had to reverse one of Trump's statements concerning Russia since his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Russia, he said, was the most aggressive of American foes.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, July 18, 2018.

Putin was invited to the United States by national security adviser John Bolton.

As Time noted, Trump's 2020 re-election campaign released an ad in the wake of the deadly Charlottesville white supremacist demonstrations a year ago that called the press and career Democratic politicians the enemy.

Mentioning that they had discussed Syria, Trump added, "We also spoke of Iran and the need to halt their nuclear ambitions and the destabilizing activities taking place in Iran". As the US Senate on Thursday prepared to vote on a resolution putting Congress in opposition to allowing any US officials to be questioned by Russian Federation, the White House made its announcement rejecting the offer. "Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can't concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome".

Later that evening Trump was on CBS for an interview and said Putin was only to blame "because he's in charge of the country".

On Thursday, FBI director Christopher Wray said the U.S. intelligence community stands by its view that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 United States election, despite Putin's denial.

"Until we know what happened at that two hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin".

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A Defense Department spokesman told me "we don't now have anything" when asked about Russian Maj.

"We have some breaking news", Mitchell said, "the White House has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the White House in the Fall".

"I just felt at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed, and carefully gone over, still stands", Coats said. "There is just rule of Putin".

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he twittered on Thursday. Sanders also said the White House believes the Russian threat of targeting USA elections "still exists".

That was seen as naive and insulting by Putin's critics, who say he displays contempt for democracy. He just said it's not Russian Federation.

Putin did not name names, but spoke of U.S. politicians who put their "narrow party interests" above the best interests of the United States and were powerful enough to be able to foist their questionable "stories" on millions of Americans.

Earlier in the talk, he had warned about the danger Putin poses.

Ingraham called Trump's comments Monday an "error of communication", supporting the president's clarification he made the next day that reaffirmed his support of the intelligence community.

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