Democrats with Intel, military backgrounds tout service after Trump-Putin summit

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen doesn't believe Russian election interference favored Trump

Putin told a closed-door gathering of Russian ambassadors this week that he had proposed the eastern Ukrainian referendum, which would be held under global auspices, to Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday, Bloomberg reported, citing two anonymous sources who attended the meeting.

On Thursday, after an outcry in Congress, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders issued a statement that Trump "disagrees" with Putin's proposal to have Russian officials question Americans suspected of illegal activity by Moscow, including a former USA ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul.

"I don't know what happened in that meeting", Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said.

In Moscow, Putin accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his meeting with Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S. -Russia ties anyway. The official said the talks also would cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later announced Thursday Trump had directed National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to the White House for another summit later this year.

White House officials have not explained why Coats was not informed about the invitation in advance. Standing alongside Putin, Trump called the idea "an incredible offer".

Coats said he was just doing his job when he quickly issued a statement Monday after the president appeared to give credence to Russia's denial of election interference.

Emmanuel Macron urges business to hire talent from 'World Cup banlieues'
And the teenager, who plays for PSG is also donating his entire World Cup match fees to charity. Broken shop windows and signs of looting lined a section of the Champs-Elysees.

"Say that again?", he asked, as the audience laughed nervously.

McFaul expressed outrage on Wednesday when Sanders said Trump was "going to meet with his team" to consider Putin's proposal.

Trump referenced Obama's hot mic moment in 2012 where he told then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more "flexibility" after his election was over, calling Obama's statement "stupid".

"[But] Russia was always open to such proposals".

A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.

Since he refused to back the United States intelligence community's assessment of Russian interference in 2016, Trump has alternated between trying to quell the political uproar he ignited and seeking to avoid backing down from his handling of the summit.

"Now with that being said if it doesn't work out I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had".

Putin declares summit with Trump 'very successful'
Trump does not seem to fathom that the problem with U.S. -Russia relations is not a lack of effort on the part of U.S. presidents. Trump also said that his administration would work to ensure that no election meddling would taks place this November.

When Trump said he couldn't see any reason why Russian Federation "would" have been involved in the US presidential election what he meant to say was "wouldn't".

In Moscow, Antonov said it is important to "deal with the results" of the first summit before jumping too fast into a new one. A few of Trump's most loyal toadies defended him.

The White House had to come out and issue another clarification, insisting it would not be happening.

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.

To be fair to Trump, he could not support a line of thought that he won the election with Russian support.

The day after, Trump was back in Washington and said he does accept the intelligence community's conclusion, but added: "It could be other people also - there's a lot of people out there".

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Earlier it was reported that in the European Union there is a growing number of opponents of Nord stream-2. We are going to have to do something. "Germany is a captive of Russian Federation ".

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