The news came via a tweet from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was informed while appearing live on TV.
Barack Obama somehow never bothered to invite Putin to Washington or meet with any Russian leader since having temporary Russian presidential figurehead Dmitri Medvedev, who was warming the office for Putin, over in 2010. I gather he figured he might be accused of being concerned about Russia after telling Mitt Romney it wasn’t a problem.
It’s good to see Trump is willing to pursue what he thinks is in the best interests of the country even while being accused of colluding with Putin. It would be a lot easier for him not to have this meeting.