In a week dominated with news about Russia, President Trump is now inviting the country’s President Vladimir Putin to Washington, D.C. for a second summit.
Less than a week has passed since President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for talks in Helsinki, Finland. No Mr. Trump wants another summit, this time, on home turf.
“The White House just announced on Twitter that President Putin will be coming to the White House in the fall.”
“That’s gonna be special,” Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.
Coats appeared caught off guard about the potential summit in September when asked about it at the Aspen Forum Thursday. Coats did say he wants to get to the bottom of the cyber threats that the Russians pose to our democracy.
“Between now and the election we need to assure the American people that it’s a clean election,” Coats said.
What lawmakers clearly hope in a future summit is more transparency about what will be discussed. Right now it’s still unclear what exactly Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin agreed to behind closed doors.
“We shouldn’t be just guessing based on the statements of the Russian ambassador or based on things we hear reported in the media as valuable as that is,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said.
And if President Putin again denies Russian meddling in U.S. Elections…
“Say this is wrong, this is untrue,” Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said.
Flake said he wants to see an immediate, swift rebuttal from the president and the entire Republican Party.
The president tweeted a broad list of topics he hopes to discuss at the second meeting including terrorism, security for Israel, cyber attacks and trade.