White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that Trump invited Putin to Washington during the call, but said the White House was among "a number of potential venues" the two leaders discussed for a bilateral meeting. She says the administration has no further comment on the matter.
While "Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington", Putin foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov told reporters in Moscow that some issues need to be resolved.
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In calling Putin, Trump ignored explicit advice from his national security advisers not to do so, The Washington Post has reported, quoting officials familiar with the call.
There was, of course, fodder about some other characters in the mix too, but it was officially the bunny's meeting.
The two sides have had no preparatory conversations since the March 20 call in which the leaders discussed the idea due to their tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats over the poisoning of a former spy in the U.K., Ushakov said.
The talks were in preparation for Trump's meeting with Putin which took place at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg in July 2017. "There was no time for discussion and there wasn't even anyone to discuss it with", Ushakov said, adding he hoped that "serious and constructive dialogue" could now start. The White House says it is expecting almost 30,000 attendees.
In the two weeks since the call, relations have spiraled downward, with the United States and numerous nations in Europe and elsewhere agreeing to the simultaneous expulsion of scores of Russian diplomats in retaliation for the March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England.
"And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election".
Trump and Putin also spoke previous year on the sidelines of worldwide summits in Germany and Vietnam.
Moscow responded by sending home 60 USA diplomats and closing Washington's consulate in Saint Petersburg.