Still waiting for Putin’s reply, since he is the top in this relationship.
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Donald Trump has formally invited Vladimir Putin to visit Washington DC next year, the US national security adviser, John Bolton, has confirmed.
“We have invited President Putin to Washington,” Bolton said during a visit to Tbilisi, Georgia.
It is not clear whether Putin has accepted the White House’s invitation, which came when Bolton visited the Kremlin earlier this week.
The meeting would be a highly anticipated sequel to the pair’s controversial summit in Helsinki in July, igniting a firestorm of criticism against Trump, who has ignored Republican hawks to seek a close personal relationship with Putin.
The US president was widely criticized for appearing deferential to Putin in the Finnish capital and suggesting that he trusted the Russian leader’s denials about meddling in US elections more than reports from his own intelligence agencies.
Bolton had earlier said that they would not have Putin visit until after the Mueller investigation, or “Witch hunt” in Trump speak, was finished:
“The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we’ve agreed that it will be after the first of the year,” Bolton said in a statement distributed through the White House press pool.
I have not heard the Mueller team put out a definitive time for their investigation to be over so this makes me wonder if Trump does not have plans to shut it down personally before Putin’s visit, or if he simply cannot wait any longer to see his Kremlin handler?
Not going to lie, this worries me.