Rand Paul says he delivered Trump letter to Putin

Leroy Wright
August 10, 2018

Senator Rand Paul said he delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to the Russian government while he was in Moscow.

Paul tweeted that the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges".

Regardless of who initiated the letter, it comes as Trump faces mounting scrutiny over a private meeting he held with Putin in Helsinki in mid-July, the details of which even Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats claimed to have no full knowledge of weeks after the summit.

Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from OH who resigned after the Helsinki summit, pointed out that Trump defended Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

A pair of prominent Republican US senators said on Sunday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russian Federation to discourage interference in upcoming elections.

Undaunted by the backlash in his own party to his first meeting, Trump invited Putin to a White House meeting sometime this autumn.

The White House told Fox News that Paul asked Trump to write a letter of introduction to the Russian leader.

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One White House official emphasized that the document is a draft and that it could change but said it showed Trump is intent on safeguarding USA elections.

But Peskov said the Kremlin had not familiarized itself with the contents. 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".

A U.S. official provided to CNN the text of the letter, which read: "I would like to introduce Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a voice for expanding dialogue with the Russian Federation".

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration.

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.

A reported text of the draft bill published Wednesday sent Russia's ruble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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