Controversy has once again emerged to surround the proposed visit by President Vladimir Putin to the United States, even though the White House has not officially confirmed his invitation.
Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the United States Department of State, said that the White House had not received information regarding the alleged invitation to President Putin. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders said that she is not authorised to speak about the issue and she added that she has doubts whether or not President Putin was “officially” invited by the White House, despite her saying on BBC Radio on July 20th, that President Trump wanted President Putin to visit the United States and she tweeted: “Discussion regarding the invitation to President Putin is under way”.
On July 20th Russia Today broadcasted Sarah Sanders’ tweet saying: “President Trump has asked John Bolton to invite President Putin to visit Washington next fall and that discussions were underway for the invitation”.
Back in Moscow, Yuri Ushakov, aide to President Putin and responsible for foreign affairs said: “The matter of the invitation was not discussed during the Helsinki summit. However, after a few days, the White House offered to organise another summit in Washington next year”. Ushakov revealed details regarding the invitation, which some sources in the United States deny. He added that the Kremlin received the invitation from National Security Advisor, Mr John Bolton, adding that President Trump “mentioned the invitation during his speech”.
Ushakov then added that preparations for the alleged invitation have not yet started, which coincides with what Sarah Sanders mentioned in her July 19th tweets. Ushakov still believes it is likely for President Trump and President Putin to meet again during the G20 Forum, which will take place in Argentina by end of November 2018, or during any upcoming international events and summits.
Ushakov also added: “There are many other options the two leaders can discuss”. However, Ushakov made no comment on recent Trump’s tweet regarding the Russian interference in Congress elections, due to take place in November.