Rand Paul said Wednesday that he delivered a letter from President Trump to Vladimir Putin proposing cooperation between the United States and Russian Federation. He says the letter emphasized the importance of working together on counter-terrorism, legislative talks and cultural exchanges.
CNN has reached out to Paul's office and the White House for more details.
Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from OH who resigned after the Helsinki summit, pointed out that Trump defended Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump sparked outrage by accepting Putin's word over that of his intelligence agencies at a Helsinki news conference.
"Thank you for considering meeting with Senator Paul during his visit to Russian Federation", the letter concluded.
During the last month's summit in Helsinki, Putin and US President Donald Trump held a two-hour private meeting including only themselves and their translators.
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US President Donald Trump and the key members of his team have been repeatedly rejecting all the accusations concerning collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Representative Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned the wisdom of Putin being ushered into the White House. However, he undermined those remarks when he quickly returned to calling the special counsel's investigation a "witch hunt", and referred to Russian interference as a "hoax".
The two countries are also at odds over Syria and Ukraine.
The relationship has also created divisions within the administration.
Paul's colleagues in the Senate from both parties introduced legislation last week to impose strict new sanctions on Russian Federation. Under pressure from Congress, which past year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. A reported text of the draft bill published on Wednesday sent Russia's rouble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.