A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 U.S. election.
The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the idea.
Since Monday's summit and joint news conference in Helsinki, Trump and his aides have been trying to control the damage done when he stunned the world by siding with Putin over US intelligence agencies on the question of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA election.
Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, which is responsible for US military involvement in the Middle East including Afghanistan and Syria, said Thursday he had received "no new guidance as a result of Helsinki".
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday of the proposed Russian questioning, "That's not going to happen". Just to refresh your memory: On Tuesday, the President of the United States hung out for about two hours with the President of Russian Federation, and made "verbal agreements" on a number of issues of which neither Coats or the Pentagon seems to have been given any guidance on.
The president was asked what he said to Putin, and he replied that he was "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling".
Clinton described her past experiences with Putin during her meetings with him and President Barack Obama during her tenure 2009-2013 tenure as Secretary of State.
China: Blaming Xi for United States trade war is ‘shocking’
On the note of trade, Kudlow said he wasn't a fan of blanket tariffs, reiterating his standard position on trade and tariffs. He added that the ball is in President Xi's court. "Which we don't want to use, but we have tremendous powers", Trump said.
"People who care about any of these issues, it is the most important act you can take to try to bring us back into an effort to have a more ideal union", she said.
Trump decided Thursday morning to have national security adviser John Bolton schedule a second summit and officially invite Putin to visit, The Washington Post has reported.
"Who do you believe?", Lemire had asked, referring to Trump's well established disbelief in the US intelligence community's ironclad conclusions about Russia's efforts to subvert America's democracy.
Trump left the White House for his New Jersey golf club for the weekend. He went to George H.W.'s home.
Still, Trump has expressed a preference for the White House setting for major meetings, including floating an invitation to Washington for North Korea's Kim Jong Un after their meeting in Singapore last month. "That's my foreign policy experience", said Ron Kaufman, a longtime RNC committeeman from MA and former political director for President George H.W. Bush.
There are hopes inside the administration that the next summit will be more traditional, with US and Russian negotiators meeting ahead of time to set up an agenda and try to reach agreement on some issues. -Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed a start on "the path to positive change".
She said Trump's "frightened fawning over Putin is an embarrassment and a grave threat to our democracy".