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Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

August 8, 2018

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky revealed Wednesday that he delivered a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin on President Trump’s behalf during his Moscow trip.

Mr. Paul shared that the letter promoted Mr. Trump’s desire to work with Russia on “countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.”

I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin’s administration. The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges. Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 8, 2018

News of this letter comes as Mr. Trump continues to tout his good relationship with Russia.

After the Helsinki summit, Mr. Trump invited Mr. Putin to visit Washington in the fall. Mr. Putin extended a similar invitation to Mr. Trump and said he was prepared to come to the U.S. as well depending on the conditions.

Many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle responded to the invitation with concern. At a press conference, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Mr. Putin would not be welcomed on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Paul became one of the president’s staunchest supporters in Russian affairs after the Helsinki summit. He repeatedly praised Mr. Trump’s efforts to establish a dialogue with the Russians, saying it prevented World War III.

On Monday, Mr. Paul announced that he worked on securing an agreement with Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Russian Federation Foreign Affairs committee, to send a delegation of Russian government officials to visit Congress.

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