Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin presented his USA counterpart Donald Trump at the July 16 summit in Helsinki with a number of particular initiatives on arms control, including prohibiting weapons in space, Politico wrote on Tuesday citing a leaked Russian document, TASS reports.

A White House official told CNN that Paul wanted this letter from Trump in hopes of setting up a meeting with Putin during his trip to Moscow this week.

Trump has been criticized for not taking a stronger stance against Russian Federation when it comes to its meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Paul has been an outspoken proponent of engagement with Moscow, who has repeatedly voiced support for Trump's decision to meet with Putin in Helsinki last July. It also recommends launching the 2+2 dialogue between the US Secretaries of State and Defense and their Russian counterparts.

"At Senator Paul's request, President Trump provided a letter of introduction.

A Kremlin spokesman confirmed that the letter was delivered and was making its way to Putin.

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The White House declined to comment specifically on the leak, but noted that Sen.

The president has called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Moscow a "witch hunt".

Trump sparked outrage by largely accepting Putin's word over that of his intelligence agencies at the Helsinki news conference.

Congressman Massie suggested in an interview with Breitbart News that America and the world will benefit from the increased dialogue between the two countries.

The senator met with members of the Russian parliament's upper house who serve on the foreign affairs committee Monday.

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration. Putin's willingness to continue talks on nuclear weapon reductions as well as new limitations indicates an ongoing cooperation between the two nations, despite recent tensions. The U.S. director of national intelligence would be required to conclude if any foreign nations interfered in elections one month after Americans cast their votes, triggering strict sanctions within 10 days if interference was detected. A reported text of the draft bill published on Wednesday sent Russia's rouble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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