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Trump Letter to Putin Gets Special Delivery

Sen. Rand Paul hands it over to Putin's reps while visiting Russia

(Newser) - A rep for Vladimir Putin says visiting GOP Sen. Rand Paul has presented a letter from President Trump to the Russian leader, though he added that the letter has not yet been examined by the Kremlin, reports the AP . "We expect that in the nearest time it will come... More »

Steven Seagal Named as Russian Diplomat to US

The action star was made a "special representative" on humanitarian issues

(Newser) - Actor Steven Seagal has taken on a new role, though it's not likely the kind you'd expect. Per the AP , the Under Siege star has been appointed as a special envoy to the United States on humanitarian issues. Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the news on... More »

Putin's Proposed DC Visit Delayed Until 'Witch Hunt' Ends

Meanwhile, Pompeo says US will never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

(Newser) - The White House said Wednesday that President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn't going to happen,... More »

Trump Wants to Yank Clearance for Comey, Other Intel Critics

it would be an unprecedented move

(Newser) - President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of six former Obama-era officials who have been critical of his administration, the AP reports. Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday the president is "exploring the mechanisms" to strip clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan as well as five... More »

DNI: I Meant No Disrespect to Trump

Dan Coats said his reaction to Putin invite was just 'awkward'

(Newser) - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is softening his off-the-cuff reaction last week to news that President Trump had invited Vladimir Putin to the White House, saying he meant no harm. "Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions in responding to breaking news presented to me during a live... More »

Pelosi Pressures Ryan Over Putin Invite to Washington

GOP leaders say Putin has not been invited to address Congress

(Newser) - 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... More »

Democrats Want Interpreter's Notes. They Might Be Useless

Marina Gross is suddenly in an unaccustomed spotlight

(Newser) - Her name is Marina Gross, and she just happens to be, as the New York Times puts it, the only other American who was in the room when President Trump met with Vladimir Putin. Gross is a longtime State Department interpreter, and Democrats in Congress now want her to testify... More »

Intelligence Director on Putin Invite: 'Say That Again?'

Trump says Obama was a 'patsy' on Russia

(Newser) - President Trump has invited Vladimir Putin to visit the White House—which was news to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats during a discussion at the Aspen Security Forum Thursday. When MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell said the White House had tweeted the announcement, the clearly surprised Coats said: "Say... More »

Senate Votes 98-0 to Reject Putin's Offer

Russian president suggested Russia could help US in return for being allowed to question Americans

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday shot down a proposal from Vladimir Putin to allow Russia to interrogate US officials in exchange for Russia's help with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, voting 98-0 in favor of a resolution rejecting it. The White... More »

Another Putin Summit? Trump Tweet Drops a Hint

Says he looks forward to it, again criticizes negative media coverage

(Newser) - Tired of hearing about the Trump-Putin summit? Round two might be in the works, according to a tweet from President Trump. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed," he wrote. Trump then ticked off some of... More »

After Plenty of Comments From Trump, Putin Speaks Up

He talks of 'successful' meeting with Trump

(Newser) - President Trump insists he had a great meeting with Vladimir Putin despite a seemingly endless barrage of negative news stories. Now, one other key person agrees with him: Putin himself. In his first public comments about the summit, the Russian leader called it a "successful" one and said it... More »

Trump Now Holds Putin 'Responsible'

Trump continues to turn 'would' into 'wouldn't'

(Newser) - Head on a swivel, people: President Trump now says he would hold Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reports. Trump—who said two days ago that "I don't see any reason why it would be Russia" and then added a key contraction... More »

Trump: My Critics Have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

Says 'many people at the higher ends of intelligence' loved his press conference with Putin

(Newser) - In the wake of President Trump's Monday press conference in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin, some current and former figures in the intelligence community condemned his remarks . But other people lavished praise, at least according to the president, who on Wednesday tweeted , "So many people at the higher ends... More »

Trump: I Misspoke on Russia, Said Opposite of What I Meant

President says he accepts that Russia meddled, but reiterates there was 'no collusion'

(Newser) - Amid a furious backlash , President Trump is clarifying his remarks about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump told reporters Tuesday that he does, in fact, accept the conclusion of US intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled—but he reiterated his assertion that there was no collusion with his campaign. Trump... More »

Trump Blasts Coverage of His Putin Meeting

'Fake news is going crazy'

(Newser) - "The Fake News is going Crazy." With that, President Trump pointed the finger at the media Tuesday for some of the most negative press coverage of his presidency. After he was accused of alienating US allies at the NATO summit and then called too deferential to Vladimir Putin,... More »

Fox Host Asks Putin the Questions Trump Didn't

Chris Wallace wanted to know why Russian leader's rivals end up dead

(Newser) - With President Trump apparently unable or unwilling to ask Vladimir Putin tough questions, US interests were represented in Helsinki by ... Chris Wallace? The Fox host's interview with the Russian leader , which aired Monday night, was a testy affair, with Putin clearly unhappy about a journalist challenging him, the Washington ... More »

Trump Slammed as 'Treasonous,' 'Disgraceful'

Even allies dismayed by Putin remarks

(Newser) - President Trump is getting what could be the worst press of his presidency after a press conference with Vladimir Putin that is widely being described as disgraceful. Trump, standing alongside the Russian leader after their summit in Helsinki, rejected the finding of American intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the... More »

Highlights of Trump-Putin News Conference

Putin denies meddling, and Trump calls the investigation a 'disaster for our country'

(Newser) - President Trump and Vladimir Putin met for two hours Monday—about 30 minutes longer than allotted—and both emerged afterward sounding dismissive about allegations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Some highlights:
  • Putin denial: The Russian president dismissed the notion of "so-called Russian interference" in the election. "
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Finnish Brewery Has Adult Beverage, Er, Message for Trump, Putin

Limited-release beer urges the leaders to "settle this like adults"

(Newser) - A small Finnish craft brewery is paying a humorous tribute to the Helsinki summit . RPS Brewing has issued a limited-edition lager depicting cartoon US and Russian presidents on its label, with text for President Trump and Vladimir Putin saying "Let's Settle This Like Adults" and "Making Lager... More »

Trump Meets Putin: 'The World Wants to See Us Get Along'

President says relations with Moscow 'never worse'

(Newser) - The big day is here: President Trump and Vladimir Putin have begun their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in a one-on-one meeting. "I really think the world wants to see us get along," Trump told reporters just ahead of their conversation. "We are the two great nuclear... More »

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