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US Senator Presents Letter From Trump For Putin

US Senator Presents Letter From Trump For Putin

Republican U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Wednesday he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to the Russian government during a trip to Moscow.

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.

However, deputy White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said the missive was a "letter of introduction" that Trump had written at Paul's request and "mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin".

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

Such issues have been discussed between U.S. and Russian leaders for decade, but they have since been overshadowed by an array of controversies including Syria, Ukraine and claims of Russia's meddling in Mr Trump's 2016 election campaign.

Paul (R-Ky.) never secured a meeting with the Russian president.

The White House declined to comment specifically on the leak, but noted that Sen.

The president has called special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible ties between his campaign and Moscow a "witch hunt".

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met earlier in the week in Moscow with members of Russia's upper house of parliament and invited them to Washington.

And the letter came the same day the State Department announced it would impose new sanctions on Russian Federation after determining its government had used chemical or biological weapons in violation of worldwide law in the nerve agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. He (Paul) is interested in leglislative [sic] exchanges, parliamentary dialogue and cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism co-operation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration. Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coates, has said he is still in the dark about what Trump discussed with Putin in their tête-à-tête in Finland.

It is also the latest example of Paul making overtures to Russian officials that are out of step with congressional GOP leaders, who have not blessed his visit.

The draft of the order viewed by the Post would allow the US government to impose sanctions on any foreign individual or entity that sticks their nose in a USA election.

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