The last time the President met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he was attacked from those on both sides of the aisle for his less-than-strong reaction to the man whose nation attacked our democratic election process in 2016. Many political pundits felt that the President had sided with the Russians over his own intelligence agencies and called for stronger words from the 45th president.
At that time, there had been talks of a possible future meeting in the United States between the two leaders, but those talks eventually died down as the White House indicated that any further meetings will have to wait until after the November 6 midterm elections.
Here we are, just under two weeks from the elections and we now know that the two leaders will meet on November 11 in Paris, France, during a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the armistice in Paris. Also, Trump’s National Security Adviser, John Bolton, has stated this morning that the White House has invited Mr. Putin to visit Washington.
“We have invited president Putin to Washington,” Bolton said. He did not, however, indicate whether Putin has accepted the invitation or not.
While Putin has visited the United States on several occasions, he has not visited the White House in over 13 years. While Bolton did not state that the invitation was to the White House, the fact that the White House is inviting Mr. Putin to Washington D.C. pretty much confirms that this would in fact be an official White House visit.