Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Trump delays proposed Putin meeting until 2019

Trump delays proposed Putin meeting until 2019

The red-and-white soccer ball Russian President Vladimir Putin tossed to US President Donald Trump had a transmitter chip in it.

Trump said at a joint press conference with Putin that he did not see any reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the 2016 presidential election, contradicting the conclusions of USA intelligence agencies.

Pompeo said he had been comprehensively briefed on Trump's one-on-one meeting with Putin, who USA intelligence agencies said knew about Russia's meddling in the election.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote toward Trump, and a special counsel is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.

President Trump drew sharp bipartisan criticism for his performance and for not publicly confronting Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

USA senators, distressed by the Republican billionaire's recent behaviour, were to demand answers from his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday, when he provides the most closely watched congressional testimony of his young tenure as the nation's top diplomat.

The summit in Helsinki earlier this month of the Russian and USA presidents will help to deepen Russian-NATO relations, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who sits on the Foreign Affairs Committee and who co-sponsored a resolution last week condemning Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election, said he hoped any future meeting would be moved outside the United States. Among Republicans who were polled, 51 percent said they think so.

Then on Tuesday, Trump issued a rare clarification and said he misspoke. Pompeo replied that "there's been no change to USA policy". Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they anticipate more meddling in November.

Some Republican lawmakers also use the term "witch hunt" and have called for the Mueller probe to be brought to an end.

"Both sides need to focus on what deliverables can be", he said on Twitter.

Did Donald Trump make secret promises to Vladimir Putin? The Quinnipiac poll said 63 percent of voters are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Russian interference in the upcoming vote.

Udall said public records show money from former Soviet states and Russian Federation itself are reportedly tied to Trump properties in SoHo, N.Y., as well as Panama and Toronto.

The senators focused their criticism on Trump's one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki on July 16, details of which remain murky even to administration insiders. Among those surveyed, 44 percent said Putin should be seen as a friend, while an additional 45 percent regarded him as a threat to the United States. "They definitely don't want Trump!"

The two nations' presidents met earlier this month in Finland.

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