GOP Leaders: No Invitation For Putin Planned

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A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should not expect an invitation to address Congress if he visits Washington in the fall.

Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong says “the only one talking about inviting Putin to address Congress is Nancy Pelosi,” a jab at the Democratic leader, who called on Ryan Friday to make it clear he will not issue an invitation “for a thug like Putin to address the United States Congress.”

Meanwhile, David Popp, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said flatly, “There is no invitation from Congress” for Putin to speak to lawmakers.

President Donald Trump has asked his national security adviser to invite Putin to Washington to follow up on a summit in Helsinki this week.

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