Continuing Clarifications

Keeping with the the week’s theme of clarification, Trump and his administration now say they disagree with the Russian proposal to interrogate Americans in return for the nations assistance in the FBI’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  Today press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated; “It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.” The most recent statement was preceded by the White House claiming that the proposal was being entertained.  Putin proposed that Mueller’s investigators could come to Russia to question the 12 Russians who were indicted last week. In return Putin said he expected the United States to allow Russian investigators to question people he claimed to be fugitives on American soil. On Monday Trump stated that Putin’s proposal was an “incredible offer” but made no formal agreement. Trump’s initial entertainment of Putin’s offer drew criticism from lawmakers and diplomats and showed a stark separation from the statement from the State Department issued on Wednesday which called the proposal “absurd. Today the White House said that they were maintaining hope that Russia would produce the 12 indicted Russians, “Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.”

After officially denying Putin’s request to interrogate American’s, Trump asked that Putin be invited to visit the White House this fall. This invitation did not come as a complete surprise as during the summit in Helsinki Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that Trump “agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs" of the respective countries. This tweet was solidified with Trump’s request that National Security Advisor John Bolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway," Sanders tweeted.