Vladimir Putin invited to Washington in early 2019, says John Bolton

President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation hold a joint press conference | July 16, 2018 (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to visit Washington, D.C. in early 2019, according to President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Bolton, who spoke at a press conference in Georgia Friday morning, said the scheduling has yet to be ironed out, but that Putin would be invited “after the first of the year.”

“We have invited President Putin to Washington after the first of the year for, basically, a full day of consultations,” Bolton said. “What the scheduling of that is we don’t quite know yet.”

Over the summer, Trump asked that Bolton extend an invitation to Putin to visit Washington, following the summit between the leaders in July in Helsinki, Finland, which, despite bipartisan criticism of his comments, Trump touted as “a great success.”

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