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Many GOP senators regard Trump's meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki earlier this week as a political disaster. Congressional Republicans have since come under intense pressure to renounce the president's embrace of Putin on the world stage, particularly his apparent acceptance of Putin’s denial that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
When asked about the possibility of a second summit, Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) hung his head and quipped, “maybe in a year or two.”
The body language of other GOP senators was equally telling.
“I don’t have anything to say about that today,” said Sen. Roy Blunt (Mo.), another member of the GOP leadership, lowering his eyes and shaking his head.
The White House confirmed Thursday that Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington for another rounds of talks in the fall.
"In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted. "President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway."
Republican senators made clear that they think rushing into another Helsinki is not a good idea.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) called for a timeout on summits.
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The Establishment is terrified that President Trump will actually improve relations with Russia, hurting their defense contracts and kickbacks that require a global boogeyman. - Minuteman