Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

White House included in "potential venues" for discussed Trump-Putin meeting

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U.S. President Donald Trump's surprise invitation to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House risks undercutting the administration's embrace of a tougher Russia policy, or at least its apparent support for one of its closest allies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said later that the two leaders had discussed a meeting "at a number of potential venues, including the White House".

Poisoning with a nervous agent Skripal and her daughter Yulia took place on March 4.

Just as Mr. Trump has shown a curious reluctance to criticize Mr. Putin, even when the two countries are ejecting each other's diplomats, the Kremlin and the Russian news outlets it controls have often avoided criticizing Mr. Trump directly.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, however, told CNN that reports that Trump had invited Putin to the White House were not correct.

A Putin aide, Yuri Ushakov, however, told Russian news agencies Monday that Trump had invited Putin to the White House during the call, according to the AP.

The president thanked those who helped organize the events, including his wife and the White House Historical Association.

The prospect of Putin visiting Washington is likely to sharpen divisions in the USA over relations with Russian Federation amid continued tensions regarding alleged Kremlin meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections.

During the March 20 call, Putin and Trump also discussed combating global terrorism and the importance of coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.

In face of Russia's growing worldwide isolation after chemical attack in UK, Kremlin tried on Monday to mend ties with United States, and especially with President Donald Trump.

While Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said that calling Mr Putin "wouldn't have been high on my list".

Former government officials also fear that when in direct contact with Mr Putin, Mr Trump is reluctant to raise hard issues. Trump defended his decision on Twitter, saying President Barack Obama did the same in 2012.

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

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