Trump says the Russians 'definitely don't want' his reelection

Trump says the Russians 'definitely don't want' his reelection

The White House said last week that Trump had directed Bolton to invite Putin to visit Washington in the fall, moving quickly for a follow-up meeting amid the backlash over Trump's performance at a news conference with Putin following their Helsinki summit last week. He tweeted before the summit that, "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity".

Putin has denied that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 presidential election after the US intelligence community concluded Russian Federation interfered through cyber attacks and social media in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy.

"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", national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement released by the administration.

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

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee and Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo of Idaho, both Republicans, said in a joint statement that they were "eager to continue the important work being done by our committees to push back on Russian Federation".

Trump, who has offered mixed messages on Russian interference in US elections — at times even calling it a "hoax" — acknowledged in a tweet that the midterms are a likely target. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the president tweeted on Tuesday, before giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri. A waiver has been granted to India, Indonesia and Vietnam - the trio using Russian military equipment and all vital for the US' Indo-Pacific outreach. Given the timing, the announcement surprised White House allies, and even appeared to catch Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats, off guard.

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Trump welcomed this proposal in Helsinki only to reject it on return in the face of Congressional threats to not only pass a law forbidding any questioning of U.S. nationals by Russian Federation but also impose a new set of sanctions as a punishment for Putin gaining the upper hand at Helsinki. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has since sought to argue that the president was only "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it". The indictment alleges that the Russians broke into Democratic email accounts and tried to penetrate state election systems.

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"At a time when India is focusing on growing defence ties with the USA, we applaud Congress for also focusing on protecting this strategic partnership", Biswal said.

Last Thursday, he and Mr Van Hollen, noting the "urgency of the challenge before our nation", wrote to the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees pressing them to hold hearings on the legislation before the start of an early August recess.

Recall, July 16, in Helsinki behind closed doors had an official meeting Donald trump and Vladimir Putin.

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