Donald Trump has asked his administration to formally invite Russian president VladimirPutin to visit Washington later this year, the White House announced on Thursday. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said Trump asked his national security adviser John Bolton to assist and arrange.

The Senate effectively rebuked Trump for considering Putin’s request to question U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama’s former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, amid rising concern in Washington that the rest of the U.S. government still doesn’t know what happened in Trump and Putin’s private meeting in Helsinki on Monday.

Putin told Russian diplomats that in Helsinki, he proposed a referendum to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine but agreed not to disclose the plan so that Trump could consider it, according to two people who attended Putin’s closed-door speech on Thursday.



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