White House seeks second Putin summit this fall

White House seeks second Putin summit this fall

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, in November 2017. (Photo courtesy of the Russian Presidential Executive Office)

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is planning for a second summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this time with sights on a visit to the nation’s capital.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Thursday that President Donald Trump has asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to extend an invitation.

The planned visit follows a one-on-one summit between Trump and Putin on Monday, a meeting that sparked controversy after Trump cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community in a subsequent joint press conference.

Trump has since said that he has full confidence in the intelligence community and suggested he misspoke when he said he didn’t see why Putin would seek to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

The details on the fall summit are still vague.

Trump tweeted on Thursday that he was looking forward to the opportunity and listed a series of items that he discussed in their previous meeting, which the U.S. has not yet released a read-out of.

Thursday’s announcement took at least one senior member of Trump’s team by surprise.

Dan Coats, the director of National Intelligence, was told about Sanders’ tweet during a live interview with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell during the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Coats appeared to react with bemused shock, quipping that the summit would be “special.”

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