Donald Trump Formally Invites Vladimir Putin to White House For A Second Meeting
Following the Helsinki Summit, President Donald Trump has formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington in the fall. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the announcement Thursday via Twitter.
In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 19, 2018
After receiving Trump’s request, national security adviser John Bolton extended the invitation to Putin earlier Thursday, according to the National Security Council. The president also took to Twitter to celebrate the news, noting that he looked “forward to our second meeting.”
The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear……..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
Putin has yet to respond.
Once again, it seems Trump failed to discuss the matter with top U.S officials before making the controversial request. When informed of the breaking news during a live interview, U.S Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats seemed taken aback and even laughed.
“Say that again?” he asked. “That’s gonna be special.”
Days after the leaders’ private meeting, top U.S officials admit they are still in the dark. During a Pentagon press conference Thursday, officials were reticent, claiming they had been given little to no information concerning what had transpired behind closed doors.
“For us right now it’s kind of steady as she goes. We have received no further direction,” said Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command. “I’m not privy to any kind of grand bargain discussion or anything like that.”
The announcement came shortly after the Senate voted 98-0 in opposition to the U.S. government allowing Russia to question U.S. officials. During the summit, Trump had lauded the “tremendous offer” brought forward by Putin and was still considering it up until Thursday. Officials later announced that the president had since turned down the offer. “It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” said Sanders.