U.S. President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, the White House said Wednesday, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The first full-fledged talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump took place in Finland's capital of Helsinki on July 16.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018.
"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!" Trump has noted a range of topics he discussed with Putin, including Ukraine, but given no details of the talks. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has since sought to argue that the president was only "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it". On Tuesday, Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told journalists in Moscow that no preparations were underway for a meeting in Washington.
There probably is no way to end these questions from lawmakers - and perhaps more important, concern by the American public - as long as Trump continues to speak and behave in the friendly way that he has toward Putin and in the adversarial manner he has displayed toward special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and those who want the Russian president held accountable for his actions.
The U.S. intelligence community and a U.S. special counsel have concluded that Russian Federation used a campaign of spreading propaganda on social media and hacking Democratic documents to try to aid Trump's candidacy and hurt his opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The appointment followed Trump's dismissal of FBI Director Jim Comey, on advice from Rosenstein himself. "If anyone had any nefarious motives, they probably picked the wrong technology", he said.
Mr. Pompeo was on clean-up duty following Mr. Trump's poorly-reviewed summit with Mr. Putin last week in Helsinki, in which the president at times seemed to be challenging his own intelligence services' evaluation of Russian meddling in the USA political system.
Several Democrats pointed to a Russian readout of last week's meeting that suggested he reached a deal to cooperate on security in Syria, where the Russian government is backing the regime of President Bashar Assad, while the USA has been backing rebels.
On Ukraine, Pompeo said the differences were sharp.
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"I've seen several times where he seems to be accompanying him to meetings and they're having good discussions", said Udall.
The ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, spoke after a media report said Putin had called for a referendum to be held with the help of the global community in Ukraine's breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia-backed separatists control.
Obviously there's no reason for the Russian government to want Republicans to lose power in the midterms - after all, they have a close ally in the president, and Congress at this point is little more than a rubber stamp for his agenda.
For Putin, the fact that the Helsinki summit happened at all was a geopolitical victory, which Moscow interpreted as US recognition of Russia's status as a great power and an overdue USA realization that its interests must be taken into account.
"That's not exactly the question", Shaheen said.
"There is an bad long way to go", Pompeo told lawmakers.
"America's objective remains the final, fully verified de-nuclearisation of North Korea.We're engaged in patient diplomacy".
As Democrats launched broadsides against Trump and Pompeo's performance, Pompeo responded in kind, accusing Menendez for example of making a "political soliloquy" at the administration's expense. Because just like in 2016, he is attempting to convince his base that if Republicans lose, that means the election was a fraud.
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