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U.S. Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

U.S. Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin”

The White House said Wednesday President Trump wrote a letter of introduction for Republican Sen.

The White House has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the document, except to state that President Trump did not receive any written suggestions from Putin in Helsinki.

The effort comes as the White House attempts to project a unified response to foreign interference campaigns, even as the president himself has wavered on whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, and whether it will do so in future elections.

Paul, one of the few Republicans to defend Trump's July 16 performance in Helsinki, said he had travelled to the Russian capital to encourage diplomacy amid tense relations between Moscow and Washington.

Paul boasted via Twitter Wednesday morning that he was "honored" to deliver the missive which he said "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges".

Paul has been one of the president's most vocal defenders in recent weeks, defending Trump for appearing to accept Putin's denials of US election interference.

Rand Paul to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. "In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin", White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement. On the Senate floor, Paul objected to a resolution expressing support for the intelligence community, as well as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, calling it a sign of "Trump derangement syndrome".

He also held talks in Moscow with parliamentarians and pledged to block new sanctions against Russian Federation.

The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

At the time, uncertainty about what Mr Trump and Mr Putin discussed during the private meeting in which members of the press were also banished from caused a stir.

The senator met with members of the Russian parliament's upper house who serve on the foreign affairs committee Monday.

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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