President Trump invites Putin to Washington in the fall

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(AP) - President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House this fall for a second get-together, even as cleanup from the first continues with no letup.

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has long been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond.

No Russian leader has visited the White House in nearly a decade.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin, and "those discussions are already underway."

Trump tweeted earlier that he looked forward to "our second meeting" as he defended his performance at Monday's summit.

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