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Trump challenges Putin over US poll meddling, says ‘will invite him to White House’

Washington: Trump Challenges Putin – United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday said that he would invite Russia president Vladimir Putin to the White House but at the right time.

Trump expressed his willingness to invite Putin with reporters travelling with him enroute to Paris yesterday.

His statement comes in the wake of rising speculations that his presidential campaign colluded with Russians to get him elected.

Recently, his son too made headlines after the American media reported that Trump Jr. met a Russia lawyer who had promised to provide him information damaging to Hillary Clinton, who was Trump’s Democratic rival.

As per the reports, Trump Jr met the lawyer at Trump Tower in New York in June. This week, he released his emails about the meeting and the US president publicly defended his son for his transparency in releasing the emails.

Trump has denied allegations his campaign had contacted Russians to tilt the 2016 election in his favour, but the US intelligence agencies have differed with that assessment.

Aboard the Air Force One, Trump, when asked by reporters whether he would invite Putin to the White House, said, “I don’t think this is the right time, but the answer is yes, I would.”

Trump described Russia as “perhaps the second most powerful nuclear country in the world” and said that if “you don’t have dialogue (with them), you have to be fools.”

The US president further added during his meeting with Putin, he asked him if he was involved with the meddling in the US elections and he said, ‘absolutely not. I was not involved’. He was very strong on it. I then said to him again, in a totally different way, ‘were you involved with the meddling’. He again said, ‘I was not – absolutely not'”.

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