United States senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

United States senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

United States senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

"I was honored to deliver a letter from President Trump to President Vladimir Putin's administration".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that a letter from Trump to Putin had been delivered by diplomatic channels, the Interfax news agency reported. The White House plans to impose sanctions over foreign interference in United States elections, The Washington Post said.

The senator has been one of President Trump's most vocal supporters of Russian policy following the Helsinki summit where both world leaders met.

One White House official emphasized that the document is a draft and that it could change but said it showed Trump is intent on safeguarding US elections.

Paul has been one of the president's most vocal defenders in recent weeks, defending Trump for appearing to accept Putin's denials of US election interference.

Paul's Moscow trip, Trump said the junior senator from Kentucky "would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss several topics".

The White House later released its own statement underscoring that the letter was "introductory" and written at the request of Paul. In a joint news conference with Trump, Putin said he did want Trump to win because then-candidate Trump had said he wanted to improve U.S. However, he undermined those remarks when he quickly returned to calling the special counsel's investigation a "witch hunt", and referred to Russian interference as a "hoax".

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has continued to meet with Russian officials in Moscow this week along with visiting the USA embassy.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio wants a vote on a bill called DETER that would impose new sanctions if USA intelligence officials determine Russian Federation meddled in US elections.

It is also the latest example of Paul making overtures to Russian officials that are out of step with congressional GOP leaders, who have not blessed his visit. In addition to tensions over election meddling, the two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.

A reported text of the draft bill published Wednesday sent Russia's ruble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

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