Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump delays next Putin meeting until 2019, citing Russian Federation probe

Trump delays next Putin meeting until 2019, citing Russian Federation probe

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump had directed Bolton to extend an invitation to Putin to visit Washington later this year, days after the two met for a controversial summit in Helsinki, Finland. "I dare them to talk about how patriotic they are given what they are allowing this president to do".

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", Trump posted on Twitter. Starting Tuesday, the protests - which have already included chanting "lock him up" as Trump arrived at the White House, in a mockery of similar chants aimed at Hillary Clinton during Trump's campaign - will address the president in a new way.

More broadly, 37 percent of USA adults said they think Trump's decisions on foreign policy have produced positive changes for the United States. Trump has repeatedly derided Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" and emphatically insisted there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation.

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

But the next day, Trump replied "no" when asked if he believes Russian Federation is still targeting the USA - with the White House press secretary later claiming he was not responding to that question.

The Trump administration on Wednesday sought to fend off accusations the president is too soft on Russia, putting off a proposed second summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and declaring the US will never recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. "Following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump's job approval is back below 40 percent again".

Trump had asked Mr Bolton to arrange the trip.

"Well, I'd accept, I mean he's an expert".

For Maddow, this was a clear case of Trump rewriting history to bury an inconvenient reminder that Putin was rooting for him in the election. "He's been doing a very good job". I will say this. I will tell you though, it better not be.

The administration had faced criticism for even entertaining Putin's proposal about getting access to USA officials.

Trump has been widely attacked after his Helsinki meeting with Putin, due to his reconciliatory remarks that many saw as a sign to side with Moscow against US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA election.

For Putin, the fact that the Helsinki summit happened at all was a geopolitical victory, which Moscow interpreted as USA recognition of Russia's status as a great power and an overdue US realization that its interests must be taken into account.

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