Published: Fri, July 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump invites Putin to White House for second summit

Trump invites Putin to White House for second summit

The US President has asked his national security advisor John Bolton to make the invitation to Mr Putin.

US President Donald Trump has said he looks forward to his second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that the first meeting was a success despite widespread criticism at home and overseas.

The 12 Russians is a reference to those indicted last week by Mueller for their role in interfering in the 2016 US election.

"I agree in Helsinki he was less than clear about that, but he came back and said he's misspoke and reaffirmed his earlier position that, yes, the Russian government had interfered in the election", Cornyn said.

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". Standing alongside Putin, Trump called the idea "an incredible offer".

Russian politicians are rallying behind Vladimir Putin and denouncing American suggestions that the translator at his meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump be interrogated about what they discussed privately.

An investigation into possible interference by American special counsel Robert Mueller, part of which is focused on whether there was any collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials, is ongoing.

"If I were asked that question, I would look for a different way of doing it", he said.

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In one of the few concrete acts of dissidence to come from a GOP lawmaker in response to Donald Trump's disastrous press conference with Vladimir Putin, one Texas Republican wrote an op-ed calling the president out directly.

Before McConnell announced Thursday's vote on the Schumer-Menendez-Schatz resolution, Senate Republicans blocked two efforts to bring up resolutions affirming lawmakers' support for the intelligence community's assessment, the special counsel's probe into alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin, and urge the president to take a harder stand against Russian Federation.

"I have said that numerous times before, and I would say that is true, yeah".

Trump's attempt at defending himself was immediately skewered online, with people pointing out that each of the clips in his Twitter video showed him hedging his statements about Russia's interference.

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question United States nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

Numerous lawmakers have criticised Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 United States elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements. "It is why I believe we are at a critical point", Coats said on Friday.

His unusually meek attitude to Putin has reignited old - and heavily denied - rumors that Putin has compromising material on Trump, which he is using as leverage.

You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a US President is willing to consider allowing Russian Federation to interrogate a former American ambassador about fabricated crimes. "Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack".

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