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Senator Paul delivers letter from Trump to Putin

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It is also the latest example of Paul making overtures to Russian officials that are out of step with congressional GOP leaders, who have not blessed his visit.

"I would like to introduce Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky", the letter from President Donald Trump began.

Paul tweeted that the letter "emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges". While Trump obliged the senator and wrote the letter, the White House said the idea that Trump asked Paul to deliver the letter to Putin on Trump's behalf is not true.

Jeremy Montanez said he was bothered by Trump being "a suck-up to Vladimir Putin, because obviously that country has something on him". Rand Paul (R-KY) had hand-delivered a letter to Putin's representative in Moscow, which suggests this may be related to the process.

Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met earlier in the week in Moscow with members of Russia's upper house of parliament and invited them to Washington. The online poll of 1,500 US adults was conducted August 5 through 7 with a +/-3.1 percent margin of error.

"Senator Paul would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss several topics.

The letter ended, "Thank you for considering meeting with Senator Paul during his visit to Russian Federation".

Paul is on a trip to Russian Federation this week he has said is aimed at boosting engagement with the USA adversary.

A source who did not wish to be identified after obtaining the page translated from Russian into English by Politico, said: "This is, "We want to get out of the dog house and engage with the USA on a broad range of security issues".

Paul has been one of the president's most vocal defenders in recent weeks, defending Trump for appearing to accept Putin's denials of US election interference.

Trump has been under increasing pressure from his advisers to condemn Russia's aggression, said current and former administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.

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