MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle: Is Trump ‘Inviting Putin Over For a Play Date’ a Good Strategy?

Earlier today, the White House confirmed that President Donald Trump had invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the White House later this year. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump and Putin talked about holding a bilateral meeting sometime soon, and that the White House was one of the venues discussed.

Considering the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling and potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the president’s apparent reluctance to be critical of the Russian leader, this bit of news led to a moment of skepticism during an MSNBC segment today.

During a panel discussion on the potential summit, MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle compared a White House meeting between the two leaders to a couple of kids getting together to play.

“Trump has always made the argument, Bill Kristol, I’m going to try something different,” Ruhle said. “Could he make the argument, inviting Putin over for a play date is a good strategy?”

She added, “The play date is the only way I can think of it. You should not reward a hostile power with an invite. But he’s saying come on over.”

“I think he needs a timeout instead of a play date,” columnist Max Boot interjected.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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