On Thursday, Mr Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation. In a press conference afterwards though, Trump embraced a view pressed by Russian Federation for years that the USA shares the blame for the state of bad relations with Moscow and lashed out at the US special counsel investigation into whether there had been collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election. No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.
There was no immediate reaction from the Kremlin to the invitation.
Planning appeared to stall for awhile after that, as White House officials weren't exactly feeling the pomp, NBC News reported.
"OK", he continued, pausing for a deep breath.
"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.
". The path to positive changes has all the same begun", said Putin.
Thursday marked the third day of Trump trying to manage the political fallout from his widely criticized performance at the summit meeting with Putin in Finland.
"The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war". Trump initially had described the idea as an "incredible offer". It was Congress' first formal rebuke of Trump's actions from the summit and its aftermath. Dan Sullivan said "I wouldn't do it, that's for damn sure". "They should stop invading their neighbours".
McFaul tweeted Wednesday that he hoped the White House would denounce "this ridiculous request from Putin".
Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of "USA!"
"The Defense Department announced in a press release Friday that the decision from the Trump administration "reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine", while bringing the total aid provided to Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 up to $1 billion".
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer criticised the invitation.
Trump's comments in support of arch-rival Russian Federation were condemned by both Democrats and Republicans.
"A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained", Brian Bennett writes in the TIME cover story. That's almost the cost of the $14 million joint U.S. But that is the president's prerogative, ' Coats said. "He got way more than he bargained for", tweeted the official handle of the magazine.
An official visit by a Russian president to the United States is a rare event: the last time was in June 2010 with Dmitri Medvedev, now Russian prime minister.
While he praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, Putin slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.
Speaking in Moscow, Putin also called the summit "successful overall" and claimed that it led to "some useful agreements", without being specific.
Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats that U.S.
The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former US ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.
Meanwhile, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she still has not seen evidence that Moscow tried to help elect Trump. "He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with Russia-which he denies-and the question of whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the election'".