Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

Paul delivered the letter to representatives of Putin because the Russian leader has been away from Moscow all week.

Rand Paul said Wednesday that he delivered a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's press secretary, confirmed that a missive had been received "through diplomatic channels", and will soon be delivered to the president's administration.

US President Donald Trump and the key members of his team have been repeatedly rejecting all the accusations concerning collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The letter comes three weeks after Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, sparking a backlash in both parties after his initial refusal to side with the US intelligence community over Russian denials about meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

At a rally in OH last weekend, the president said other countries are trying to interfere in US elections, suggesting that China, Iran and North Korea could be responsible in addition to Russian Federation. 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.

But earlier this week, Paul extended an invitation to Russian lawmakers to visit Washington, D.C., in an effort to prompt exchanges between the two countries' parliamentary bodies.

A USA official provided to CNN the text of the letter, which read: "I would like to introduce Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a voice for expanding dialogue with the Russian Federation".

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

The senator has been one of President Trump's most vocal supporters of Russian policy following the Helsinki summit where both world leaders met. On the Senate floor, Paul objected to a resolution expressing support for the intelligence community, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, calling it a sign of "Trump derangement syndrome".

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

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