Trump invited Putin to meet in Washington

President Donald Trump poses for members of the media with White House Communications Director Hope Hicks on her last day before he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Thursday

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed holding a summit at the White House, a Trump spokeswoman said after the Kremlin revealed the US president had invited the Russian leader to Washington. Ushakov said that the US and Russian governments didn't have time to start arranging the meeting before the USA announced the expulsion of Russian diplomats, the AP reported.

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Which raises the questions: Why would Trump invite Putin to the White House now?

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday the White House was one of "a number of potential venues" discussed by the two leaders.

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"I worry that [Mr] Trump wittingly or unwittingly may be sending a more positive signal to [Mr] Putin than he deserves", said Nicholas Burns, a top State Department official during the Bush administration who also served as U.S. ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Telephone conversation trump and Putin was initiated by the American side.

There was, of course, fodder about some other characters in the mix too, but it was officially the bunny's meeting. Aslund notes that Trump seems "excited" by the idea of meeting with Putin.

Putin and Trump have so far met twice: during the G20 summit in Germany last July and on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November.

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Trump's congratulations came around the same time Britain expelled Russian diplomats due to the country's alleged involvement in the poisoning of a former Russian spy.

With the first lady and a bespectacled Easter Bunny at his side, the president raved about the "perfect weather" and touted the USA economy and military, calling this a "special year".

Last week, however, America joined or Western countries in imposing harsh reprisals on Russian Federation for chemical attack.

On March 29, Russian Federation ordered the expulsion of 60 U.S. diplomats and the closing of the United States consulate in St. Petersburg.

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World leaders meeting with much to discuss when diplomatic tensions are high isn't necessarily bad, and Putin has not been to the White House since 2005. The appointment will also talk about business relationship.

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