President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul, and the Russian President Vladimir Putin
The White house pushed back against sen Rand Paul Wednesday, according to Kentucky Republican implied on Twitter that President Trump had asked him to deliver a letter of recommendation to the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Paul, who is said to Russia with a delegation for a few days, “I had the honour of a letter from President Trump on President Vladimir Putin’s administration.”
I had the honor of delivering a letter from President Trump on President Vladimir Putin’s administration. The letter stressed the importance of further engagement in various areas, including in the fight against terrorism, improvement of the legislative dialogue and the resumption of cultural exchange.
— Senator Rand Paul (@Rand Paul) 8. August 2018
The White house told Fox News that Paul asked Trump, a letter of introduction to the Russian head of state. While Trump obliged to the senator and wrote the letter, the White house said the idea that Trump asked Paul, not to deliver the letter to Putin on Trump’s name, is true.
According to the White house to read the letter: “I would like to introduce me to-Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a member of the foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate, and a vote for the expansion of the dialogue with the Russian Federation. He will be in Moscow from 5. August to 8. August.
“Senator Paul would appreciate the opportunity to discuss with you different topics. He (Paul) is interested in leglislative [sic] of the exchange, the parliamentary dialogue and the cultural and educational exchange programs, increased cooperation in the fight against terrorism, building on the recent successes, such as the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and the resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.
“I thank you for checking meeting with Senator Paul during his visit to Russia.”
Paul tweeted that the letter ” stressed the importance of further engagement in various areas, including in the fight against terrorism, improvement of the legislative dialogue and the resumption of cultural exchange.”
Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet studied the letter to Paul.
“We expect that in the next time it comes to the administration of the President,” Peskov said, according to Russian news agencies.
The senator met with members of the Russian Parliament – upper house to serve on the Committee for foreign Affairs on Monday. Paul said that he had invited them to Washington.
So far there are no signs of a Putin-Paul-meeting is to be held.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
John Roberts is currently the chief White House correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined the network as a senior national correspondent in January 2011, based in the Atlanta office.