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Russia indicates that Putin would rather see Trump in a group next time



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  • President Donald Trump invited Russian President
    Vladimir Putin to meet in Washington just three days after
    their summit in Helsinki.
  • But it looks like Putin doesn’t want to go.
  • Instead, a Kremlin aide said Putin and Trump should
    meet in a group setting and wait to “let the dust settle” from
    the first meeting.
  • Putin wants Trump to keep being US president, and the
    summit proved extremely damaging for Trump before vital midterm

President Donald Trump followed up his summit with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki with a swift invitation for
Putin to visit Washington — but it seems Putin may not be that
into the idea.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said Russia agrees with Trump that the
leaders should meet again, but maybe not one-on-one. 

“There are other options which our leaders can look at,” like the
meeting of G20 leaders in Argentina in November, Ushakov said,
according to Reuters.

“Maybe there will be other international events which Trump and
Putin will take part in.”

Trump branded his meeting with Putin a
“great success”
 which antagonistic “fake news” media had
unfairly tarred.

But Trump did admit to misspeaking on
a key point during the summit
, where he appeared to side with Putin over his own
intelligence officials
in attributing blame for the
Democratic National Convention hacks that disrupted the 2016

For that error, Trump’s own party widely panned
his summit performance as “disgraceful,”
 while Former
CIA Director John Brennan went as far as
calling it treasonous

At the same summit, Putin explained that he wanted Trump to win the 2016
because Trump wants to improve relations with
Russia. Russian media also praised the summit, but pointed out that Trump took heavy
criticism for it at home.

Now, with vital midterm elections coming in November, Russia has
backed off the idea of another one-on-one. 

“After the summit you know what kind of atmosphere there is
around its outcome,” Ushakov said. “I think it would be wise to
let the dust settle and then we can discuss all these questions
in a business-like way. But not now.”

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