The Republican-led Senate signaled unease with President Donald Trump's shifting policies toward Russian Federation after his meeting with Vladimir Putin as the White House announced the USA president is seeking a repeat summit in Washington later this year.
President Trump has invited President Putin to visit the U.S.in the autumn, his press secretary Sarah Sanders said as she tweeted that discussions for the visit were already under way. Further, the lack of a public explanation of what Trump and Putin may have agreed to during more than two hours in private has left all US policy toward Russian Federation unclear. He also said he wouldn't have recommended Trump meet alone with the Russian leader.
"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems ... but they can ALL be solved!"
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats did not attempt to hide his surprise when told, while on stage at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, that Putin had been invited to the White House.
After taking a deep breath he continued, "OK".
"OK. That's going to be special", he said, laughing.
Hurd's comments come days after Trump met with Putin for a high stakes summit in Finland, one where the president drew major scrutiny for his refusal to denounce Russian interference in the 2016 election.
But this time there was no joint statement to formalize the outcome of the talks - just a meandering, 45-minute press conference where Trump stoked controversy by appearing to side with Putin over US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.
Asked about the Putin invitation, Alaska Republican Sen.
"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'". Russia's defense and foreign ministries, meanwhile, have both said they are ready to start putting those agreements into action. "We are doing much better than any other country!"
Democratic lawmakers erupted into chants of "USA! I actually think we'll have a good relationship".
In contrast, Trump said that he has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than any president in many, many years - maybe ever".
"Let this resolution be a warning to the administration that Congress will not allow this to happen", Schumer of NY said on the Senate floor just before the vote.
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Challenging the narrative that he's been soft on Russia , Trump also noted that he has slapped Moscow with fresh sanctions. Amid an enduring firestorm, he subsequently claimed he misspoke during one exchange with reporters in Finland.
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"The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russian Federation to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team", Pompeo said in an interview with The Christian Broadcasting Network. "So it is what it is", he said, adding in response to another question that "the risk is always there" that Putin recorded the meeting.
Trump received bipartisan criticism from both sides of the political divide in the United States, prompting him to backtrack in a prepared statement.
The White House had earlier said it would consider the proposal, which Mr Trump called a "tremendous" gesture.
He clarified remarks he made at a news conference after the meeting, in which he said he saw no reason why Russian Federation would meddle in the 2016 U.S. election - despite United States intelligence concluding just that.
Whatever tough policies the White House may have adopted toward Moscow also have to be weighed against Trump's rhetoric, which is consistently friendly to Putin.
The July 2 Time cover featured the president towering over a sobbing child.
Putin would be setting foot inside the building for the first time in more than a decade.
A senior White House official said Bolton extended the official invitation to Putin on Thursday via his Russian counterpart.
According to the New York Post, the clip is from 2010 "when reformist Dmitry Medvedev was president".
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said it's what happens "when you wage war on objective reality for almost two solid years, calling real things fake and fake things real".
"This issue was discussed", he said, adding without elaborating that Putin made "concrete proposals" to Trump on solutions for the Ukraine conflict.
"We have received no further direction than we've now been operating under", Gen. Joseph Votel said in a video-teleconference from his headquarters in Tampa, Florida.