Should Vladimir Putin be invited to the White House?

Casey Dawson
April 4, 2018

The world awoke this morning to learn of another detail from last month's phone call between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump had told reporters in the Oval Office shortly after his call with the Russian leader that "probably we'll be seeing President Putin in the not-too-distant future", but officials said at the time that there were no plans for the two men to meet before November, when they are both expected to attend a Group of 20 gathering in Argentina.

"We want to believe that the discussions (on a proposed summit) will begin", Ushakov said.

Since that call, on March 20, preparations for a possible summit have not progressed because of a diplomatic row, the aide, Yuri Ushakov, said.

The Kremlin says Mr Trump invited the Russian leader to the White House.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump invited Putin to Washington during the call, but said the White House was among "a number of potential venues" the two leaders discussed for a bilateral meeting.

Trump has avoided criticizing Putin personally even as his administration has crossed Moscow by providing Ukraine with lethal weapons and upholding Obama-era sanctions against Russian Federation and its shuttering of diplomatic outposts.

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"Nobody has been tougher on Russia", Trump said during a luncheon meeting with Baltic leaders who have said they are anxious about the threat of Russian expansionism.

Just as Trump has shown a curious reluctance to criticize Putin, even when the two countries are ejecting each other's diplomats, the Kremlin and the Russian news outlets it controls have often avoided criticizing Trump directly. "That should be the means to achieve things that are actually of importance to the United States". The fact that Trump also extended a White House invitation during that call was likely to increase concerns that Trump, when in direct contact with Putin, is inclined to offer olive branches and reluctant to raise hard issues. She said the administration had no further comment.

Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania, and Raimonds Vejonis of Latvia are anxious about the prospect of Russian Federation seeking to spread its influence throughout the region, and went to the White House as a group to seek more military assistance from the United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Others say if Putin comes to the US, he will be met with mass protests.

Mr Putin, who was president of Russian Federation once before, visited the White House in 2005, when Mr Bush welcomed him in the East Room as "my friend".

Mr Obama met former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at the White House in 2010, when the pair also chowed down on burgers at a popular hamburger joint outside the capital.

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