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"As the President himself confirmed on March 20, hours after his last call with President Putin, the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the "not-too-distant future" at a number of potential venues, including the White House", Sanders said.

Trump had told reporters he discussed a potential summit with Putin shortly after the phone call but neither he nor Sanders disclosed that an invitation to the White House was under consideration until the Kremlin revealed it Monday. For a brief Easter break on a never-ending news cycle, a holiday breather in what since the Inauguration has been a combative relationship between the White House press and the Presidency.

The official added that planning for the controversial meeting had not yet begun.

Trump and Putin had a chat on March 20 in when The Donald congratulated him on winning the Russian presidential election two days earlier.

Some Republican lawmakers criticized Trump for making the congratulatory call to Putin.

Trump and Putin also spoke previous year on the sidelines of worldwide summits in Germany and Vietnam. In his phone conversation, two weeks later, Trump did not deal with Putin, as White House explained.

Putin last visited the White House in November 2001 when he met former President George W. Bush.

Last week, however, America joined or Western countries in imposing harsh reprisals on Russian Federation for chemical attack.

But their governments did not have time to arrange details before the USA expelled 60 Russian diplomats following the Salisbury poisoning, they revealed.

Moscow retaliated with the expulsion of an equal number of U.S. diplomats and the closure of the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg, a move the Washington saw as marking "a further deterioration" in the U.S. -Russia relations.

Japan, along with South Korea, is country in region most concerned about North Korea's atomic development. Trump and Abe have already met in February 2017 at sea-to-Lake, American president's private club in Florida.

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