". What the White House has disappeared from the official US government record of that meeting, both in print and in their video of the meeting, is President Putin answering in the affirmative when he's asked if he wanted Trump to win the election".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing Moscow's actions and investigating whether members of the Trump team colluded with Russian officials.There is no indication when Mueller's probe will be completed. Russian officials had said they might be open to Trump and Putin meeting on the sidelines of an global summit such as the G-20, but they had not committed to a trip to Washington, D.C. Trump has repeatedly derided Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" and emphatically insisted there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation. The one-on-one meeting between Putin and Trump lasted for more than two hours. Trump has suggested that USA opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea could be reconsidered.
While the sanctions proposed by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez were seen by most political risk analysts as unlikely in the near term, new curbs contemplated by other US lawmakers targeting the energy and metals sectors are more realistic, they say.
Trump's own Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said that Russian Federation favored Trump, though he said that conclusion had the "least support" among the various conclusions from the intelligence community.
"The U.S. government [is] essentially following the Kremlin's playbook in maintaining that something we all saw happen with our own eyes, we all heard happen with our own ears, has nevertheless disappeared, like old political opponents being airbrushed out of photos", she intoned.
Even before the statement was released, Pompeo was taking a tough line on Russian Federation and defending the Trump-Putin meeting as he prepared for his Senate testimony.
The White House said last week that Trump had directed Bolton to invite Putin to Washington for a meeting in the fall.
Putin acknowledged at the news conference he wanted Trump to win the election against Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton but has denied election meddling.
"At least the White House had the courtesy to leave in half of his question so you can get a misleading answer", Maddow then said. Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they think Trump really meant it when he cast doubt on the election interference, while 36 percent said they were not sure.
The World Cup soccer ball given to President Trump by Russian President Vladimir Putin is a model that typically contains a microchip and antenna - further raising concerns the gift could be bugged, according to a report. "And it would be premature for me to go into any more detail at this point, because we're not doing any more than this".
Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump have agreed to continue their "useful contacts" and may meet by year's end, a Kremlin aide said today, as tensions rise in Washington over the direction of the U.S. leader's Russian Federation policy.