Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

No change in USA policy on Russian sanctions, Pompeo tells lawmakers

No change in USA policy on Russian sanctions, Pompeo tells lawmakers

As I said when this second summit idea was first announced, there isn't anything per se wrong with the idea of the President and the leader of Russian Federation meeting, but Helsinki makes it clear that any such summit should only occur if there is some reason for a meeting that involves something other than another photo opportunity.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday abruptly backed out of his own proposed Washington D.C. summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - and he made sure to blame special counsel Robert Mueller's probe for the cancellation.

When asked by Senator Ed Markey whether the USA have an inventory of North Korea's warheads, materials, facilities and other programs, Pompeo said, I can't answer that here, and added that human rights abuses continue in North Korea. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it, and he shouldn't be happy about it".

Trump has previously suggested that US opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea could be reconsidered.

Pompeo on had issued a statement Wednesday calling on Russian Federation "to end its occupation of Crimea".

No change in USA policy on Russian sanctions, Pompeo tells lawmakers
No change in USA policy on Russian sanctions, Pompeo tells lawmakers

As with the Putin summit, Trump met privately with Kim.

"Yes, I did. Yes, I did".

Speaking about a possible new summit between the Russian and United States leaders, Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said earlier this week that the Kremlin received several days after the Helsinki meeting a USA proposal to organise a new summit in Washington "at the end of the year".

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

The soccer ball that Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump may have had a bug after all.

The Kremlin said this week that although Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another Putin-Trump meeting, Russian Federation had not yet begun any practical preparations for a new meeting. On Monday, officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence U.S. politics.

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.

The declaration reaffirmed what has always been USA policy on Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

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".

The White House would never admit they were being forced to back off a plan that barely deserved the name.

Republican committee chairman Bob Corker opened the hearing by saying Pompeo was appearing before senators who have "serious doubts" of Trump and his foreign policy.

"He has a complete and proper understanding of what happened", Pompeo said of Trump. In a Facebook posting, Maria Zakharova cited the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate accord - two Obama-era deals that Trump scrapped.

"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 told reporters. The U.S. and its European allies have said the referendum was deeply flawed and illegal, as it was held without the consent of the government in Kiev.

He challenged Pompeo to satisfy bipartisan concerns that the White House is "making it up as they go" and that Pompeo himself may not know what is happening.

The White House said the transcript has been updated for presidential records.

Pompeo also pointed to a report this week from an American research group that the North has begun dismantling its main missile-engine test site.

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