Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump Claims Russians Will Interfere in 2018 - to Help Democrats

Trump Claims Russians Will Interfere in 2018 - to Help Democrats

In another worrying trend for Mr Trump, the poll revealed rising support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the United States 2016 election.

"Ours came from Bloomberg Government and ours, too, excluded the first part of the reporters question in which he begins, "President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election".

The shift marks a stunning turnaround for the president, who had faced intense blowback from Republican lawmakers after his cozy summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week.

Trump walked back his position later, saying he did accept the US intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

Trump's performance was widely ripped by lawmakers of all stripes, who slammed his remarks as "treasonous" and "disgraceful."

Trump last week had asked Bolton to explore the possibility of meeting Putin this fall.

Ushakov there were "other options that our leaders could consider", such as the late November meeting of the Group of 20 in Argentina or another worldwide event that both leaders would attend.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin before their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, July 16, 2018.

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Trump also continued to tweet Sunday about the document's release, quoting Fox News' Pete Hegseth and Andrew McCarthy. He left the Trump campaign in September 2016 after reports surfaced about his meetings with Russian contacts.

During his subsequent testimony to the committee, Pompeo said he was committed to working with Congress on new sanctions and that "there will be no relief of sanctions until Russian Federation returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine".

He said he found it "very discouraging" that Pompeo couldn't answer questions about what went on in the two-hour discussion between the presidents, and that there isn't a formal presentation about the meeting.

On Wednesday, Pompeo said critics were unfairly characterizing Trump administration policy toward Russia as soft, and he ticked off a list of aggressive steps taken, including the expulsion of 60 Russian spies and diplomats, the sanctioning of Russian oligarchs, and the provision of lethal weapons to Ukraine.

While the sanctions proposed by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez were seen by most political risk analysts as unlikely in the near term, new curbs contemplated by other USA lawmakers targeting the energy and metals sectors are more realistic, they say.

"We would certainly not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session", Ryan said.

As many as 78 per cent of the voters want Mr Trump to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but 53 per cent said the U.S. president wants what is best for himself. He reiterated the invitation on a call with Putin in the spring. "They better not do it again", McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding that he was open to legislation to put more pressure on Moscow after Congress enacted a bill imposing tough sanctions on Russian Federation over its alleged 2016 election meddling a year ago.

"I will testify about a lot of things including the relationship between the United States and Russia" and the "incredibly important" Trump-Putin summit, Pompeo said. Trump has suggested that US opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea could be reconsidered. "That leaves holding euros in private banks which is frightening (because Russian private banks can be unstable), U.S. Treasuries if you can get them, and other low risk assets", he said. Among the pollsters, 51 per cent said Mr Trump has weakened U.S. leadership overseas, while 35 per cent said he strengthened it.

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