White House rejects Putin idea of holding Ukraine referendum

Trump came under harsh criticism from people in both major USA parties for his perceived weak responses to questions about Russia's purported interference in the 2016 presidential election during his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16.

President Donald Trump has asked National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to Washington this fall - an invitation Pelosi calls "beyond belief". The secretary's denial came a day after Sanders, the White House press secretary, indicated that no final decision had been made.

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

Putin had signalled after the summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements.

"I think that's an incredible offer. OK?"

On Friday evening, not long after he arrived in New Jersey for a weekend at his golf club, Trump was again defending his summit with Putin.

President Donald Trump rejected Thursday a proposal by Vladimir Putin to allow Russian officials to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other American citizens, amid outrage across Washington that he would even consider it.

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The Secretary was also was clear, once pressed, that it was Russian Federation in particular involved in the hacking effort, not just foreign countries generally, as has been suggested by both the president himself and pro-Trump media this week.

"I just felt at this point in time that what we had assessed and reassessed and reassessed and carefully gone over still stands", he said, "and that it was important to take that stand on behalf of the intelligence community and on behalf of the American people". It was Congress' first formal rebuke of Trump's actions from the summit and its aftermath. Dan Sullivan said "I wouldn't do it, that's for damn sure". "They should stop invading their neighbors". There is $380 million approved in the current budget for the program, which is meant to help states strengthen election systems from hacking and other cyberattacks. "If she can't state unequivocally that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a threat to the American people, we must question her judgment", he said.

It wasn't until more than 24 hours after the press conference that Trump took back his initial remarks, blaming a grammatical glitch as he read from a prepared statement: "The sentence should have been: I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".

The families' separation sparked an worldwide outcry, and President Donald Trump ordered that the practice be halted on June 20.

He last visited the White House in 2005, when he met President George W. Bush, who welcomed the Russian leader in the East Room as "my friend".

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at the United Nations later that Trump and Putin discussed how to return refugees who fled the civil war in Syria, but offered no details and did not mention any Russian proposals.

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

  • Sonia Alvarado