House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., holds up a pamphlet that says "Better Off Now" while speaking during a news conference following a GOP caucus meeting, Tuesday, July 24, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

House speaker: Putin will not be invited to address Congress

July 24, 2018 - 11:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will not invite Russia President Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn) to address Congress if Putin comes to Washington because "that is something we reserve for allies."

Trump has invited Putin to the White House this fall as a follow-up to their private meeting in Helsinki last week. The get-together stunned lawmakers because afterward during a joint press conference, Trump denied U.S. intelligence findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

Speaking to a joint meeting of Congress is an honor often given to high-profile world leaders who come to Washington. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the Congress this spring.

On Putin, Ryan said: "We certainly will not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session. That is something we reserve for allies."

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