John Bolton has announced that the White House has formally invited President Vladimir Putin to Washington.
This isn’t surprising as President Trump had intended to host the Russian President in the autumn. However that was put on hold in the midst of backlash against Trump accusing him of cozying up to the Kremlin.
Currently it is not clear whether or not Putin has accepted the invitation for next year.
Putin last held a meeting with a U.S. president on American soil in 2015 when he met Barack Obama on the sidelines of a U.N. General Assembly.
Putin has last been in the United States in 2015 when he meet with then President Barack Obama on the U.N. General Assembly sidelines.
Bolton did state that both Trump and Putin would come together for a bilateral meeting in Paris on Nov. 11, which will commemorate the centenary of WWI.
he described the Paris meeting would be brief and more of “a base-touching exercise.”
“One of the most important subjects they will discuss is whether President Putin will accept President Trump’s invitation to come to Washington or will President Putin once again extend his invitation to President Trump to go to Moscow,” said Bolton.
“I think what President Trump would like would be more of an opportunity to discuss the issues at length and we’ll have to see when it gets on the schedule.”