President Trump Delays Proposed Putin Meeting Until 2019

Hannah Rogers
July 27, 2018

Defending Trump, Pompeo said in Helsinki, the USA sought to explore whether Russian Federation was interested in improving the relationship, but made clear that the ball is in Moscow's court.

However, due to the wide backlash inside the United States over President Donald Trump's remarks there, the White House announced earlier on Wednesday that the next meeting between Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will be delayed till next year. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it, and he shouldn't be happy about it".

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

Seeking to ease bipartisan concerns that the administration is soft on Russian Federation, the State Department released a statement in advance of Pompeo's appearance before the committee declaring that the US rejects Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea.

The question from Reuters reporter Jeff Mason to Putin - "Did you want President Trump to win the election?" - was omitted from the initial version.

"Yes, I did. Yes, I did".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he has personally told top Russian officials that there will be "severe consequences" for any interference in US elections or the American democratic process.

It's also the prerogative of the American people to want to know more about the exchange with the man who USA intelligence officials say oversaw Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Shortly after Trump's appearance with Putin in Helsinki, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued an unusual statement reaffirming his view that Russia's election attacks are already ongoing - something Trump's post on Tuesday did not.

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On US sanctions over North Korea, Pompeo said it will remain in place till the country eliminates its weapons of mass destruction.

Two reporters each from the US and Russian press corps asked questions of Trump and Putin following their July 16 summit in Helsinki. Pompeo told senators that US sanctions imposed in response to the annexation would remain in place until and unless Russian Federation returns Crimea to Ukrainian sovereignty.

The White House would never admit they were being forced to back off a plan that barely deserved the name.

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.

These "were also official U.S. policy not long ago" because Trump's predecessor Barack Obama "personally decided so", she said.

Corker also stressed that senators have "serious doubts" about the White House and how it conducts foreign policy.

Ben Cardin, Pompeo said Putin and Trump discussed a number of issues, including reviving an exchange between the two countries' business leaders; re-establishing a counterterrorism council to increase cooperation on that front; and working to return the millions of displaced Syrians who have fled that war-torn country, where Russian Federation is working to prop up the brutal dictatorship of Syrian President Bashar Assad. "These are two nuclear superpowers".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is dodging questions from lawmakers asking for specifics on how North Korea defines "complete denuclearization" but acknowledges a great deal of work lies ahead. The U.S. and its European allies have said the referendum was deeply flawed and illegal, as it was held without the consent of the government in Kiev. "They're never going to be our friend".

Angry criticism of his disavowal of his own intelligence agencies came even from within Trump's Republican Party.

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