Maddow doesn’t relent on White House transcript

US reveals when Putin Trump next summit to take place

US reveals when Putin Trump next summit to take place

"The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said in a statement.

Putin answered Mason's question by saying, "Yes, I did" want Trump to win "because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal".

Their demand became all the more urgent after Helsinki, in particular the joint press conference during which Trump was seen by Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike as betraying American interests and being too conciliatory towards Putin. As of Wednesday, the transcript did not include Mason's first question to Putin.

President Trump suggested Tuesday that he believes the Russian government has exhausted of his leadership and now may attempt to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections to help the Democrats.

Even before the statement was released, Pompeo was taking a tough line on Russian Federation and defending the Trump-Putin meeting as he prepared for his Senate testimony.

"There are other options (to meet) which our leaders can look at", aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters, citing a meeting of G20 leaders in Argentina which starts at the end of November.

The intensity of the criticism prompted days of conflicting statements from the White House, and ultimately an extraordinary U-turn from Trump who said he misspoke and did, in fact, believe Russian Federation meddled in the election.

Testifying at a tense hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pompeo unveiled what he called the administration's "Crimea Declaration."

The closed-door meeting was panned by United States lawmakers and observers, but Pompeo insisted it was "one I think the world will have benefited from when history is written".

"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. The declaration appeared to try to quell suggestions that Washington could accept Moscow's 2014 occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula following a U.S. -Russia presidential summit last week. Asked about the potential Putin visit, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered this terse response: "There is no invitation from Congress".

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She suggested that Washington's Crimea policy could still change - perhaps even under a new leader in the future.

Pompeo replied by saying that some of Trump's comments "actually achieve important policy outcomes", but the administration should be judged by its actions rather than the president's words.

In the Crimea Declaration, Pompeo said "the U.S. reaffirms as policy its refusal to recognize the Kremlin's claims of sovereignty over" Crimea. There will be no relief of Crimea-related sanctions until Russian Federation returns control of the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine. "We heard nothing new", the Russian embassy said in a statement on Facebook.

"We don't trust Russian Federation; we don't trust Putin; we never will", Haley said.

Trump said he would give the red-and-white ball to his 12-year-old son, Barron, a soccer fan.

Last week, the White House announced that Trump had asked Bolton to invite Putin to Washington in the fall for a follow-up meeting to their summit in Helsinki this month.

But Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the panel, told Pompeo that lawmakers are "filled with serious doubts about this White House and its conduct of American foreign policy".

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Democrat of New Hampshire, asked whether Trump talked to Putin about removing U.S. troops from Syria.

In a sign that the White House wanted to blunt criticism from the president's own party, the administration issued a declaration about its views on Crimea, including that Republican-approved sanctions will remain in place, hours before the questioning began.

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