Trump Reportedly Suggested Putin Come To The White House

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The White House confirmed the information about the fact that U.S. President Donald Trump is to meet with Russian President Volodymyr Putin, as Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary, stated, U.S. President's Administration website reported.

President Donald Trump holds hands with the Easter Bunny on the Truman Balcony of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018, during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Ushakov also said that the two sides had not had any "concrete discussions" about the summit since that rare Trump-Putin phone conversation.

The White House and the Kremlin said at the time the two presidents discussed meeting in person. Ushakov said that the US and Russian governments didn't have time to start arranging the meeting before the USA announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats, the AP reported.

Putin has visited the White House previously.

"We have nothing further to add at this time", she told reporters on Monday. "Here he congratulates Putin on his so-called election, he does not protest or even mention the Salisbury poisoning, and he invites Putin to come".

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Planning for the visit was interrupted by the expulsion of Russian diplomats from the USA and other Western states following the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England. Washington expelled 60 Russian diplomats and closed Russian consulate in Seattle in face of fear that it would be used as a base for espionage.

Russian Federation denies involvement and has retaliated against the diplomatic sanctions in kind.

Some politicians from Mr Trump's Republican party had criticised him for making the congratulatory call to Mr Putin.

Trump congratulated Putin on his victory in last month's presidential election during their phone call, without first reviewing written guidance from White House advisers.

While the Trump administration sent lethal aid to Ukraine - which the Obama administration decidedly did not - Trump himself tweeted that having a good relationship with Putin could persuade Russian Federation to help resolve the crisis in Ukraine, the country it invaded in 2014, the same year it annexed Crimea. Aslund notes that Trump seems "excited" by the idea of meeting with Putin.