Russian President Vladimir Putin is considering President Trump's invitation to the White House this fall, despite serious opposition from members of the GOP and Trump's own cabinet.
Ambassador Anatoly Antonov, Russia's ambassador to the U.S., said Russia is "always open" to another meeting between the world leaders. "We are ready for discussions on this subject."
Antanov noted that the final word lies with the Kremlin, which he says has not commented on Trump's invitation.
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Antonov said the Kremlin is still discussing the 1st meeting between Trump and Putin that took place at the NATO Summit in Helsinki this week.
He said the Kremlin would have "to deal with the results" of the 1st meeting before moving too fast and arranging a second meeting.
White House Press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Trump's plan to invite Putin to the White House on Twitter.com on Thursday.
The reaction on Twitter.com was swift and volatile, with many users calling Trump a traitor.
"Putin should be held accountable for ordering the Russian attacks on the 2016 election, not invited to the WH right before the next election," tweeted California Senator Kamala Harris on Thursday.
Putin should be held accountable for ordering the Russian attacks on the 2016 election, not invited to the WH right before the next election.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) July 19, 2018
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 20, 2018