The Kentucky senator touted the letter earlier Wednesday morning, saying he was "honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration". During a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Trump slammed the Department of Justice's Russia investigation that is looking at Russian meddling and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
There has been no indication that a Putin-Paul meeting will take place.
Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from OH who resigned after the Helsinki summit, pointed out that Trump defended Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
The letter comes three weeks after Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, sparking a backlash in both parties after his initial refusal to side with the USA intelligence community over Russian denials about meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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Paul is on a trip to Russian Federation this week he has said is aimed at boosting engagement with the US adversary. "He is interested in legislative exchanges, parliamentary dialogue and cultural and educational exchange programs, increased counter-terrorism cooperation, building on recent successes like the disruption of the St. Petersburg plot and resolution of the military conflicts in Syria and Ukraine".
The publication says that page is under the secrecy was in the editor from the Russians, "who have received them from officials in Russia, who said that the document Putin gave the Tramp".
The news outlet obtained an eight-page draft of the order, which allows the president to impose sanctions on "10 of the 30 largest businesses" in a country whose government has interfered in the USA electoral process. That summit was widely criticized on Capitol Hill for Trump's failure to side with USA intelligence officials who say Putin was responsible for Russia's theft of Democratic emails and use of social media propaganda in 2016.
Trump has been under increasing pressure from his advisers to condemn Russia's aggression, said current and former administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.