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'Trump invited Putin to White House, but no date set'

03 April, 2018, 06:15 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Trump invited Putin to White House for summit, Kremlin says

"We have nothing further to add at this time".

"When our presidents spoke on the phone, Trump suggested having the meeting in Washington at the White House", Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters on Monday.

"You look at the economy, you look at what's happening, nothing's ever easy, but we have never had an economy like we have right now", the president said from the White House South Portico.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump blow whistles for children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Senator John McCain said at the time: "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

Some Republican lawmakers criticised Trump for making the congratulatory call to Putin.

The invitation, nevertheless, seemed to represent Trump's efforts to cooperate with Putin on multiple worldwide issues.


Last week, Russia announced it would expel 60 American diplomats and close the USA consulate in St. Petersburg - a tit-for-tat reaction to the US decision to order Russian diplomats out over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain.

Trump and Putin had a telephone conversation on March 20 in which Trump congratulated Putin on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier.

Earlier in the week, the USA, the U.K., North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and 25 other countries announced the expulsion of dozens of Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in British that was allegedly orchestrated by the Kremlin.

"There is certainly plenty of urgent business on the U.S. -Russia agenda, from nuclear risks to regional conflicts, but under the circumstances a lot more work still needs to be done to ensure that a summit meeting would be productive", writes Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, in an email to FP. "That should be the means to achieve things that are actually of importance to the United States".

There's also the issue of what might happen should the meeting actually take place.

Both presidents held ir first meeting last July in Germany and were seen again in November at a summit in Vietnam. "This is as awful as it can get".

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