The W.H. seems to say Rand Paul asked Trump to give him a letter to give to Putin: “At Senator Paul’s request, President Trump provided a letter of introduction. In the letter, the President mentioned topics of interest that Senator Paul wanted to discuss with President Putin.”
‘Rand Paul, now officially the Senate’s Rohrabacher, delivers letter from Trump to Putin on his Moscow visit.
This is the second trip where Republican Senators have acted as go-betweens with Putin’