Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

Frederick Owens
August 9, 2018

"I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration", Paul wrote.

Paul was an enthusiastic supporter of Trump's decision to meet with Putin in the first place, writing that "dialogue is especially important when hundreds of millions of lives are at stake, as is the case in relations between the United States and nuclear-armed Russian Federation".

The Kentucky Republican says Russian and American lawmakers need to work closer than before, saying the lack of dialogue is the biggest problem between the two countries.

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

"We expect that in the nearest time it will come to the presidential administration", Peskov said, according to Russian news agencies.

Paul's Moscow trip, Trump said the junior senator from Kentucky "would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss several topics".

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The White House again refused to answer questions about what was taken about during the summit but would neither confirm or deny the validity of the document. Paul said in a statement on Wednesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that a letter from Trump to Putin had been delivered by diplomatic channels, the Interfax news agency reported.

Earlier this week Paul announced that he had secured an agreement with his Russian counterparts for Russian legislators to visit the US and "continue dialogue on vital issues such as nuclear non-proliferation and combating terrorism". Trump said then that he doesn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be responsible for the election hacking, accepting Putin's denial over the United States intelligence community's assessment.

The meeting last month was also attended by the Russian Foreign Ministry and a USA delegation led by Thomas Pickering, former Undersecretary of State.

Paul remained supportive of Trump following the US President's performance during a news conference with Putin in July.

Paul's colleagues in the Senate from both parties introduced legislation last week to impose strict new sanctions on Russian Federation.

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