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Trump says he is weighing Putin invitation to Russia parade

"I would love to go if I could," the president told reporters.
First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin welcome each other at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018.Alexei Nikolsky / AP

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said on Friday he's weighing an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the May 9 Victory Day parade in Moscow.

Trump told reporters he appreciates the invitation from Putin, but the parade falls "right in the middle of political season," so he's not sure he can make it.

He added: "I would love to go if I could."

The event commemorates the May 1945 allied victory over Nazi Germany. Russia uses the annual parade to show off its military might.

Trump says the event, which next year marks the 75th anniversary of the allied victory, is "a very big deal."