Rand Paul delivered a letter to Vladimir Putin from Donald Trump

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"In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin", the White House said.

The White House said Tuesday that a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin was meant to introduce Kentucky Republican Sen.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota led off with Trump's "performance" in Helsinki at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The White House has neither confirmed nor denied the authenticity of the document, except to state that President Trump did not receive any written suggestions from Putin in Helsinki.

Paul defended Trump's meeting with Putin despite boisterous criticism from Democrats, establishment Republicans, and the mainstream media.

Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Kremlin has not yet examined the letter Paul presented.

Trump was widely criticized in the USA for his performance at the Helsinki summit as he appeared to embrace Putin's denial that Russia had interfered in the election, equating the Russian leader's stance with the US intelligence community's finding that Russia had sought to help Trump win.

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The three Trump supporters said they were comfortable with the widely panned display from the USA president, and proceeded to clash with the dissenters. "The letter emphasized the importance of further engagement in various areas including countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges", he tweeted. But Peskov said the Kremlin had not familiarized itself with the contents.

The president later corrected some of his remarks, saying he misspoke.

Sen. Rand Paul, left, speaks with Chairman of the Russian Federation Council Committee on International Affairs Konstantin Kosachev during their meeting in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

Details in the single page agenda for the meeting shows Mr Putin remains interested in maintaining continued cooperation with the USA on nuclear weapons.

A reported text of the draft bill published Wednesday sent Russia's ruble to lows against the dollar last seen in April.

Last month, Trump extended an invitation to Putin to come to Washington, D.C., but both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) were adamant that he would not be welcome at the Capitol.

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