Trump Suggested Meeting With Putin In Washington, DC

Social media users criticize White House interns lack of diversity

Social media users criticize White House interns lack of diversity

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders did not confirm an invitation had been issued to Putin, but said the two had discussed a number of venues for a potential meeting, including the White House.

Mr Trump called Mr Putin in March to congratulate him on his election victory and told reporters he believed he and Mr Putin would meet "in the not too distant future". No date for the possible meeting was set, the Kremlin said, according to the AP.

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the 2018 White House Easter Egg Roll.

"When our presidents spoke on the phone, Trump proposed having the first meeting in Washington, in the White House", Ushakov told reporters at a briefing.

Ushakov expressed confidence that Washington would not withdraw the invitation, which was extended before the mutual expulsion of U.S. and Russian diplomats over a spy attack case case.

While Trump and Putin ordered summit preparations to begin after their phone call, the expulsions meant "there was no time for discussion and there wasn't even anyone to discuss it with", Ushakov said.

Malala in tears as she returns to hometown where she was shot
The 20-year-old expressed her faith in the Pakistani youth's ability and passion to bring a change. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 at the age of 17 for her dedication to the cause.

The phone call took place less than a week after the United Kingdom expelled 23 Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of a former Russian spy on British soil.

The U.S-Russia expulsions - together, one of the largest since 1986 - threaten to uproot how the two countries have worked together in numerous delicate worldwide situations, including the conflict in Syria and nuclear tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Senator John McCain said at the time: "An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections".

Former government officials also fear that when in direct contact with Mr Putin, Mr Trump is reluctant to raise hard issues.

Some Republican lawmakers criticised Trump for making the congratulatory call to Putin.

Twitter users were quick to point out the lack of diversity among the interns, especially when comparing it to the White House intern classes under former President Barack Obama.

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