Trump's planned White House meeting with Putin pushed back to next year

The committee's Republican chairman, Sen.

Atlantic staff writer Uri Friedman looked for that on the White House website and came up empty-handed.

"The president was strong in making sure that the world understood that the Minsk path is the right path forward", he said.

"No, we don't disagree", Corker said. She added the White House's written transcript also excised the question.

Other signs had already emerged to raise doubts about a second Trump-Putin summit.

First Lady Melania Trump holds a soccer ball during a joint press conference of the USA and Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.

Trump stunned observers when he invited Putin to visit the United States when the two men met in Helsinki earlier this month. He argued that lawmakers should pay attention to USA policy, not the president's words, when trying to decipher where he stands.

"Presidents are permitted to have conversations with their Cabinet members that aren't repeated in public", Pompeo asserted.

"That's not exactly the question, " Shaheen said.

Two-thirds of Americans - 69 percent - also think Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.

"My guess is [Trump] wants to see if there's a change in behavior", said Sen.

Donald Trump says Russia will ‘push hard’ for Democrats during November elections

Trump frequently refers to the election interference investigation as a "witch hunt".

"He has a complete and proper understanding of what happened".

Just before his testimony, Mr Pompeo issued a statement restating US policy rejecting Russia's annexation of Crimea.

The U.S. intelligence community determined in January 2017 that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the election in a bid to undercut Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "But I would consider putting that one on the back burner for a while".

"You seem to be giving a great deal of credit to the Russian Ministry of Defense", Mr. Pompeo shot back. Menendez had earlier accused the administration of holding "incoherent and contradictory views" on foreign policy and the president himself of being "misleading and untruthful" in describing his positions.

As many as 78 per cent of the voters want Mr Trump to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but 53 per cent said the USA president wants what is best for himself.

"I notice that you are not responding to what I'm saying", Corker said. "Somehow there's this idea that this administration is free-floating".

The ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, spoke after a media report said Putin had called for a referendum to be held with the help of the worldwide community in Ukraine's breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia-backed separatists control.

"The idea that this administration is free floating, this is President Trump's administration".

Pompeo delivered testimony Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

"When the President speaks it is the policy of the United States", he said. The White House and State Department have been vague when pressed for specifics. But then he goes and says that Russian Federation should join the G-7. "So which is the policy?" Among the pollsters, 51 per cent said Mr Trump has weakened United States leadership overseas, while 35 per cent said he strengthened it.

  • Leroy Wright