Trump, Putin and the case of the missing question

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin before their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, July 16, 2018. "President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"

In recent days, Senate Republicans have made public remarks opposing a future meeting between Trump and Putin, which had been previewed by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders last week.

The US leader himself, under fire over plans to invite Putin to the White House in the fall, opted to delay until 2019 - pushing the talks back until Robert Mueller has completed his probe into Moscow's election interference, according to National Security Advisor John Bolton.

Surprise! That very innocent soccer ball Russian President Vladimir Putin gifted Donald Trump during their Helsinki summit last week (yes, that was just last week, folks) may not be so innocent.

Many members of Congress had objected to the two leaders meeting again in the fall and also said Putin would not be welcome on Capitol Hill.

"NATO will remain an indispensable pillar of American national security", he said.

"Is there some strategy behind creating doubt in US senators' minds, on both sides of the aisle, doubt in the American people as to what his motivations are?" added Corker, a frequent critic of Trump.

Pompeo said he had personally told top Russian officials that there will be "severe consequences" for any interference in USA elections or the American democratic process. "President Trump believes that two great nuclear powers should not have such a contentious relationship".

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The United States will not recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, seeking to quell suggestions that Washington could accept Moscow's 2014 occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

Days after Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, the USA president extended an invitation for Putin to travel to Washington, D.C., for a summit.

McConnell declined to back up a tweet Trump sent Tuesday suggesting any potential Russian interference in the fall midterm elections would be created to favor Democrats.

Since defending Putin in Helsinki and publicly doubting the U.S. intelligence community's findings, Trump has issued a stream of clarifications, corrections and conflicting statements that have prompted criticism from Democrats as well as members of his own party.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would never recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, and would continue to insist that Ukraine's territorial integrity be restored.

"We really need a clear understanding of what is going on", Corker said. Pompeo said that what the Russians did was "deeply immoral" and that those responsible for the MH17 disaster should be held accountable.

However, Mr Trump has previously suggested that United States opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea could be reconsidered.

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