US President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal made by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin for Russia be allowed to question US citizens.
During the Trump-Putin Summit that took place in Helsinki (Finland), Putin suggested that he might allow access to 12 Russians indicted by the United States for hacking Democrats’ emails during the 2016 elections. Trump has rejected that suggestion.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: “It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it.”
The White House was hoping that Trump will agree to Putin’s suggestion.
“Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt,” she said.
Putin said he would let US prosecutors interview the 12 Russians in exchange for Russian access to US nationals the Kremlin accuses of “illegal actions”.