The Russian claims against the Americans, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, involve allegations of fraud and corruption.
The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted unanimously against the proposal. "What we saw earlier this week in Helsinki is what happens when you wage war on objective reality for almost two solid years, calling real things fake and fake things real, as if conditioning others to embrace the same confusion".
Among other things, he indicated on the heels of their summit in Helsinki that he sympathized with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community on the issue of Russian election meddling. Trump also met with Putin past year in Germany and Vietnam.
Mr Trump may have been encouraged by recent opinion polling showing that while the public at large is uneasy with Mr Trump's Russian Federation policies, his Republican base - by a sizeable majority - is fine with his performance. They are pushing so recklessly hard and hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin.
The Russian ambassador to Washington also denounced "anti-Russian anger" in the United States and reiterated denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - interrupting a questioner to say "We didn't interfere!" "Problem is", Trump said. But I really want to see the server. "I don't think he was prepared as well as he should have been".
The commander of US forces in the Middle East said Thursday he had not received new guidance from the Pentagon on cooperating with Russian Federation in Syria.
The Kremlin has the final say, but hasn't responded yet to the proposal Mr. Trump made Thursday.
Still, Trump has expressed a preference for the White House setting for major meetings, including floating an invitation to Washington for North Korea's Kim Jong-un after their meeting in Singapore last month.
"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said in Helsinki.
Putin told a closed-door gathering of Russian ambassadors this week that he had proposed the eastern Ukrainian referendum, which would be held under worldwide auspices, to Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday, Bloomberg reported, citing two anonymous sources who attended the meeting.
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US federal prosecutors accused Maria Butina this week of being a covert Russian agent and working to infiltrate USA political organizations, including the National Rifle Association, before and after Donald Trump's election as president.
Coats had been caught off-guard by Trump's outstretched hand to Putin.
Trump later refined and sharpened his response.
At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.
Putin has denied any such meddling. "Somehow America seems to forget the history of Russia's efforts to undermine western democracy for decades now", Pompeo said.
The Bloomberg report cited two people who attended a closed-door speech by Putin to Russian diplomats on July 19. Both are prominent Trump critics.
But on Thursday Sanders made clear a deal with Putin was not in the cards.
The resolution Cornyn blocked was authored by Sen.