Mr. Trump hinted at a second meeting with Putin on Twitter Thursday morning, saying he looks forward to implementing the things they already discussed in Helsinki.
It capped a tumultuous week that began with Mr Trump failing, during a summit in Helsinki, to back his intelligence agencies' assessment that Mr Putin interfered in the 2016 election. That performance set off a bipartisan backlash in Washington, forcing days of damage control efforts by an embattled West Wing.
A Defense Department spokesman told me "we don't now have anything" when asked about Russian Maj.
The cover illustrates an article on the two leaders' recent Helsinki summit and the persistent controversy over what author Brian Bennett calls President Trump's "puzzling affinity for Putin". In contrast, Trump said that he has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than any president in many, many years - maybe ever".
"The prime minister of Israel is going to Moscow more frequently than he is going to Washington", said Yousef al-Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says that meetings between USA and Russian presidents should become "normal" again.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a Twitter post that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation, even though US lawmakers and top officials in Trump's administration have not been briefed on what Trump and Putin discussed in Monday's summit with only interpreters present.
"Look at the diplomats I threw out", Trump added, referring to the 60 diplomats expelled from the U.S. in March after the alleged poisoning of ex-double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK.
But, he added, "Russia was always open to such proposals".
As CBS News has previously reported, Mr. Trump said he wanted them withdrawn within six months.
"Any of us who were involved in Syria policy over the last years have to look ourselves in the mirror and look at failure", said former deputy secretary of state Tony Blinken.
The Russian envoy to the U.S. said on Friday that Moscow was "open" to the possible visit. "Really helping him a lot and will help him a lot, which is good for all of us".
Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.
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