Rand Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin in Russian Federation


Paul, who has been visiting Russian Federation with a delegation for several days, said, "I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration".

Paul defended Trump's meeting with Putin despite boisterous criticism from Democrats, establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media. After the summit, Paul and Trump discussed the senator's planned meetings with Russian officials and the messages the president wanted Paul to convey to them.

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

A contingent of eight Republicans spent Fourth of July in Moscow ahead of Trump's meeting with Putin, but returned to face a public backlash that they had failed to press Russian Federation on its interference in the 2016 election. "In the letter, the president mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin". But no new meeting has been scheduled and the White House said it was delaying a Putin visit to Washington until 2019, by which time it said it expects special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to be completed.

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Damani Bryant Felder, a Trump supporter, pointed out that given how prolifically leaky the administration is, if the Russians had something on Trump we would know by now.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

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

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

"Thank you for considering meeting with Senator Paul during his visit to Russian Federation", the letter concluded. A reported text of the draft bill published on Wednesday sent Russia's rouble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.