Russia: Trump and Putin worked out Syrian refugee deal during summit

Posted July 22, 2018

The day after that, asked whether Russian Federation posed a threat to the United States, Trump said "no" - though hours later he told CBS News in an interview he gave a stern warning to Putin not to interfere in this year's congressional elections, a different take on the meeting than he provided previously.

After the meeting, the United States president had declared that he believed Putin's claims that Russian Federation had not interfered in the U.S. presidential election.

President Donald Trump has asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington this fall - an invitation Pelosi calls "beyond belief". No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.

He laughed and said: "That's going to be special".

Mr. Trump tweeted that the two men discussed Ukraine but has not mentioned a referendum or revealed specifics of the Ukraine discussions.

"The active advancement in this direction has been helped by the agreements reached by the presidents of Russian Federation and the United States during the summit in Helsinki", Mikhail Mizintsev, a ministry official, was quoted as saying by TASS, the country's news agency.

On Thursday, after an outcry in Congress, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal to have Russian officials question Americans suspected of illegal activity by Moscow, including a former US ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul.

The president's comments prompted top intelligence officials in his administration, as well as fellow Republican leaders in Congress, to reaffirm the findings that Russian Federation had tried to influence American voters.

"It was in an effort to attack certain political parties that we know about more than others, so we'll continue to look and see what that means and be prepared for the next time", she said.

Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect
Trump will hold his first summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday after meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that he was concerned with this Trump-Putin meeting.

The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the idea. Dan Sullivan said "I wouldn't do it, that's for damn sure".

Pompeo also said that Washington would not entertain the idea of allowing Putin's team to question or have physical custody of a group of prominent Americans Putin says conducted illegal activities in Russian Federation, allegations that Washington strongly denies.

At a White House news conference in June, Nielsen said only Congress could stop family separations.

A federal judge last month set a July 26 deadline for the government to reunite the children and their parents, many of whom were fleeing violence in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

"Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt", said Sanders.

As each White House effort to clean up the situation failed to stem the growing bipartisan backlash, Trump's mood worsened, according to confidants.

The U.S. and Russia have been on opposing sides of the conflict in Ukraine, which started after a popular uprising in 2014 against Ukraine's pro-Russian president and Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Trump has only alluded to the refugees when speaking about the meeting.

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