White House included in "potential venues" for discussed Trump

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"If everything goes well, I hope the Americans will not give up their proposal to discuss the possibility of holding a summit," TASS news agency quoted Ushakov as saying.

WASHINGTON, April 2 (Xinhua) -- The White House said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump has discussed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a recent phone call about a meeting at several "potential venues" including the White House.

The Kremlin said on Monday that Trump, during the phone call, proposed a meeting with Putin at the White House.

However, the prospects of organizing the summit have not been discussed since then, according to Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov.

"Against the background of these events, of course, it is difficult to discuss holding the summit," Ushakov said.

In the last call between Trump and Putin on March 20, "the two had discussed a bilateral meeting in the 'not-too-distant future' at a number of potential venues, including the White House," said White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.

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.

Days after the Trump-Putin meeting proposal, relationship between Washington and Moscow has plunged to a new low, as the United States expelled 50 Russian diplomats and closed the Russian consulate in Seattle in a concerted action with Britain and other Western nations over an ex-spy poisoning case.