It became known that Putin wrote to Trump the note media

Rand Paul deflects Russia meddling questions

Rand Paul (R-KY) had hand-delivered a letter to Putin's representative in Moscow, which suggests this may be related to the process.

"At Sen. Paul's request, President Trump provided a letter of introduction", deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement.

Trump has been under increasing pressure from his advisers to condemn Russia's aggression, said current and former administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to be candid.

The White House had no immediate comment on the letter.

The tweet set off a flurry of speculation, given the controversy sparked by a Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki last month.

US intelligence agencies say Russian Federation attempted to interfere in the 2016 elections and that they are attempting to do the same this November.

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.

Christopher J. Gagin, who revealed he was the Republican Party chairman from OH who resigned after the Helsinki summit, pointed out that Trump defended Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

The increased diplomacy between the two nations occurred after President Trump met with President Putin in Helsinki, Finland, in July. However, he undermined those remarks when he quickly returned to calling the special counsel's investigation a "witch hunt", and referred to Russian interference as a "hoax".

He also held talks in Moscow with parliamentarians and pledged to block new sanctions against Russian Federation.

But earlier this week, Paul extended an invitation to Russian lawmakers to visit Washington, D.C., in an effort to prompt exchanges between the two countries' parliamentary bodies.

The relationship has also created divisions within the administration.

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

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