Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Putin aide: Trump proposed summit at White House

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Cristina Norman | 03 April, 2018, 06:12

On Monday, Donald Trump opened up the South Lawn of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. He noted that because "the works Skripal" and the subsequent mutual expulsion of diplomats negotiating the meeting of the presidents was complicated.

Mr McFaul said he feared that Mr Trump "thinks that a good meeting with [Mr] Putin is the objective of his foreign policy with Russian Federation".

Putin has visited the White House previously.

She added that the administration had no further comment on the matter.

Trump had previously said that he would "probably get together in the not-too-distant future" with Putin to "discuss the arms race" following that call.

"Against the background of these events, of course, it is hard to discuss holding the summit", Ushakov said.

The official added that planning for the controversial meeting had not yet begun. Moreover, unlike his government, Trump rejects criticizing Putin and has sometimes commended him. The talks were a prelude to Trump's first meeting with Putin at the Group of 20 summit last July. Trump has faced criticism for not raising the issue of the attack during the same call with Putin in which he floated the idea of a White House meeting.

During the call, Trump didn't raise Russia's meddling in USA elections or its suspected involvement in the poisoning of the former spy and his daughter in Britain.

Children and U.S. first lady Melania Trump stand up after she read Sandra Boynton's book "You!" to children gathered for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 2, 2018. "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".

Last week, however, America joined or Western countries in imposing harsh reprisals on Russian Federation for chemical attack. Less than a week later, the United States joined over a dozen European countries in booting out Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning.

Moscow responded by sending home 60 USA diplomats and closing Washington's consulate in Saint Petersburg. Trump and Abe have already met in February 2017 at sea-to-Lake, American president's private club in Florida. Trump plans to meet in May with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-UN, in a meeting full of unknowns and high risk in that he will try to force Pyongyang to permanently bury his nuclear program.

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