President Donald Trump has officially invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House — despite the Robert Mueller investigation homing in on Russian collusion that positioned the Trump administration for success during the 2016 presidential election. And lest we forget, the continued fever over Russian informants poisoning ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal on UK soil hasn’t subsided in the least.
The United States recently expelled dozens of diplomats over Russia using a deadly nerve agent used to attack the United Kingdom, although Russian state television claims that a White House official assured them that the act was symbolic only, and that nothing would prevent them from simply sending more diplomats to take the place of the ones who were expelled. It’s worth noting that many of our political identities and constituents swiftly condemned the nerve agent attack. However, Trump has been noticeably silent — which seems to be an ongoing theme with the president. When Russia is being antagonistic or downright problematic, Trump is suddenly mute.
#BREAKING President Trump has proposed White House summit to Putin: Kremlin
— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 2, 2018
What Is the Reason Behind This Meeting?
In recent weeks Trump had said that he wants to meet with Putin to expand on supposed shared issues, including the campaign to further pressure North Korea to disarm itself of its nuclear weapons. Putin and Trump spoke with each other over the phone on March 20 when Trump, over the objection of aides and his overseers, congratulated Putin on his re-election, despite evidence of the whole election process being a rigged sham.
The Hurdles Before The Meeting
Putin’s foreign policy aide, Yury Ushakov, told Moscow reporters that some issues need to be resolved before the meeting between Trump and Putin occurs. Trump signed the declaration to expel 60 Russian diplomats in retaliation for a poison attack on a spy. “Against the backdrop of these events, it’s difficult to discuss the possibility of holding a summit,” Ushakov said. However, Ushakov did say that he hopes that “one day, at one time or another, we can arrive at the start of a serious and constructive dialogue.”
So far the White House has not said anything publicly about this meeting.
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