Ambiguous comments from homeland chief on election meddling

Ambiguous comments from homeland chief on election meddling

As the White House tried to put some distance between the two leaders, Trump made a jarring move in the opposite direction on Thursday, offering to host Putin in Washington in the fall.

Also on July 19, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he asked two Senate committees to hold hearings on possible additional sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged election interference. Instead, he called the summit a "great success" and said he was looking forward to the second meeting.

If President Donald Trump sparked a widespread backlash over his news conference beside Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday, one wouldn't have known it from the buoyant tone among Republican Party officials this week.

While Trump and Putin had met privately on three occasions in 2017, Trump opened the door to a potential White House meeting with him earlier this year. Once he got there, he returned to Twitter to complain about news coverage of Monday's meeting. I have President Putin.

"It is our responsibility as leaders of United States government to do all that we can to deter them from interfering with us, not only in our elections, but more broadly as well". If I was loud & vicious, I would have been criticized for being too tough.

Top U.S. intelligence officials have said Moscow is targeting congressional elections in November as well.

News of the invite caught many in Washington off-guard.

Nielsen also received an unintentional laugh from her audience when she told them that Trump "loves diverse opinions", and "craves different points of views".

"It's not going to happen", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed late Thursday.

And that comes as cleanup from the first meeting in Helsinki has continued with no letup. "Those conversations are incredibly important".

"Casting doubt on the intelligence community's overwhelming consensus around Russia's attack on our nation is unacceptable, especially after President Trump spent the week trying to recover from his own shameful denials as he stood side-by-side with Putin in Helsinki".

Has Putin ever been to the White House?

USA officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during a two-hour, one-on-one meeting.

The White House's announcement of an autumn visit came as a surprise to some, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

Russia's Defense Ministry said it sent detailed proposals to Washington on organising the return of more than 1.7 million refugees to Syria after agreements reached by Putin and Trump, RIA news agency said. He did not elaborate on what Putin's solutions would be.

European allies are also expected to oppose a referendum in the Donbass, where pro-Russian separatists hold sway. He said the summit notably made progress on U.S.

"We're working very hard on doing that", US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

Despite speaking critically about Putin, Coats did say the United States sometimes coordinates with Russian Federation on very specific topics including counterterrorism.

Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.

All this on top of a Europe trip in which Trump criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not sharing mutual defense burdens and described the European Union as a trade "foe" - attacks on European institutions that Russian Federation opposes.

The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the idea.

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