Article from CNBC by Christina Wilkie.

President Donald Trump sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin recently, emphasizing “the importance of further engagement in … countering terrorism, enhancing legislative dialogue and resuming cultural exchanges.”

This was according to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who delivered the letter to Putin’s administration during a visit to Russia this week. The letter comes less than a month after Trump’s heavily criticized performance at a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki.

The letter also came just days after both Russia and China stopped just short of admitting they intend to ignore the reimposed U.S. sanctions on Iran that went into effect Monday, and to continue doing business with the country. Trump had threatened that “anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”

The White House said the letter was Paul’s idea, not Trump’s. “At Senator Paul’s request, President Trump provided a letter of introduction” to Putin, deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement Wednesday. “In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin.”

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