Republicans block subpoena for Helsinki summit translator

Saul Bowman
July 21, 2018

As for Putin's offer on investigations, Sanders it was "made in sincerity" and the USA hopes he will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

The White House later said the United States president had been saying "no" to further questions from reporters and that the threat to the United States electoral system "still exists".

"If we are going to start getting translator's notes, I think we are moving to a precedent that - unless some crime has been committed - is unprecedented and just not appropriate", Corker said on Thursday.

The announcement comes on the heels of bipartisan criticism of Trump's statements after the two leaders met in Helsinki on Monday.

Putin and Trump sat down for their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, an event that sparked a storm of criticism in the United States after Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, comments he later appeared to backtrack on.

A White House meeting would be a dramatic extension of legitimacy to the Russian leader, who has always been isolated by the West for activities in Ukraine, Syria and beyond and is believed to have interfered in the 2016 presidential election that sent Trump to the presidency.

Trump later said he misspoke and walked back his comments after a wave of Republican lawmakers voiced their concern.

"The Defense Department announced in a press release Friday that the decision from the Trump administration "reaffirms the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Ukraine", while bringing the total aid provided to Ukraine since the annexation of Crimea in 2014 up to $1 billion".

Trump has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting with Putin both from Democratic opponents and some Republicans. Instead, Trump has been accused of siding with the Russian leader against his own intelligence agencies and humiliating the declining to challenge an authoritarian leader accused of attacking America.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it", Sanders said.

President Donald Trump has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to the USA for talks later this year, the White House has announced, days after he faced a bipartisan backlash for his comments after his first summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.

"There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems.but they can ALL be solved!"

In a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with Russia's ambassadors to other countries, Putin warned them to "take to this into account" in dealing with the U.S.

Mr Trump has faced fierce criticism for contradicting his own intelligence agencies by refusing to blame Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election. But don't expect President Vladimir Putin to say that out loud. But that is the president's prerogative, ' Coats said.

Senate Democrats have been pushing for testimony from the interpreter to determine if Trump made any deals with Putin during the session.

A Kinzhal-armed air squadron assumed combat duty in southern Russia in December and began patrolling the Caspian Sea in April, the Russian military has said.

In an interview with CBS News' Jeff Glor this week, Mr. Trump said he would hold Putin accountable for election meddling.

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