Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Trump extends invitation to Putin for fall meeting in Washington

Trump extends invitation to Putin for fall meeting in Washington

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters at her weekly press conference Thursday that the suggestion of handing over McFaul is "outrageous".

"I wanted him to say that despite what the intelligence community in Russian Federation or what Putin might be saying or what is said here amongst our intelligence community is "No more, knock it off, stay away, get out" and demand that Russian Federation stay away when it comes to our elections, and I didn't hear that and I didn't hear that in his walk back so I'm still waiting", Murkowski said.

Putin's proposal will alarm Ukrainian officials after Trump last week appeared to leave open the possibility of recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, which triggered the crisis that led to fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

In a possible dig at Trump's erratic presidency, Putin touted Russia's "consistent, responsible, independent foreign policy".

That stands in sharp contrast to the rain of criticism the USA president has faced at home.

Mr Trump may have been encouraged by recent opinion polling showing that while the public at large is uneasy with Mr Trump's Russian Federation policies, his Republican base - by a sizeable majority - is fine with his performance.

The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia. He blames Trump's opponents.

Trump had toughened his tone about Russia on Wednesday, saying in a CBS News interview that he told the Russian president to his face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections "and that's the way it's going to be".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a non-binding resolution Thursday that says that the USA should refuse to make any former diplomat available to Russian investigators who say that official may have interfered in their country's domestic affairs.

He added, "We will see how things develop further", expressing concern about unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations, notably cooperation in the Syria war or arms control.

"As long as I'm able to have the ability to seek the truth and speak the truth, I'm on board", Coats said. Trump's public doubting of Russia's responsibility in a joint news conference with Putin on Monday provoked withering criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike and forced the president to make a rare public admission of error.

"Coats has gone rogue", said one senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid assessment.

Still, Coats suggested that the outsize focus on Russian interference risks blinding Americans to other, potentially more serious threats.

Antonov called Monday's summit in Helsinki a "key event" in worldwide politics and laughed off suggestions that the two men made any "secret deals".

Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

He added that Russian Federation is "nevertheless open to developing contacts with the U.S. on the basis of equality".

Media figures and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have lobbed criticism toward the USA president for holding a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, during which Trump expressed doubt over the claims of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

Putin's boasts about the new weapons have been greeted with scepticism in Washington, where officials have cast doubt on whether Russian Federation has added any new capabilities to its nuclear arsenal beyond those already known to the USA military and intelligence agencies.

Michael McFaul is photographed in 2013 as he leaves the the Russian Foreign Ministry in Moscow, when he was USA ambassador to Russia.

No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.

Trump also again described the Helsinki summit as a "great success."

Coats also said that three days after Trump met with Putin he does not know what the two men discussed.

"It is connected to his ability to fulfil these agreements, which, to my mind, is artificially restricted by the U.S. Congress and some U.S. agencies, let alone intelligence services", Kosachev added. He cited US sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the USA, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.

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