Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Maddow doesn't relent on White House transcript

Maddow doesn't relent on White House transcript

Pompeo said it was USA policy not to lift sanctions imposed after Russian Federation annexed Crimea, but did not answer the question directly.

Pompeo said he had emphasized this position during "productive" discussions he'd had with Kim Yong Chol, Kim's powerful right-hand man.

The top USA diplomat added, "As democratic states seek to build a free, just, and prosperous world, we must uphold our commitment to the worldwide principle of sovereign equality and respect the territorial integrity of other states".

"Russia has acted in a manner unworthy of a great nation and has chosen to isolate itself from the worldwide community".

President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with European Commission leader Jean-Claude Juncker in the Oval Office of the White House, today in Washington. Trump's comments provoked widespread outrage, since the American intelligence community had concluded Putin directed operations created to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

While Pompeo gave no hints of any secret promises or deals between the presidents, the US State Department has said three "modest proposals" emerged from the summit: a high-level business leaders' working group; a council of US and Russian political experts, diplomats and military officials; and discussions between the two presidents' national security staffs.

He also said that Washington does not and will not recognize the Kremlin's control of Crimea.

Republican committee chairman Bob Corker opened the hearing by saying Pompeo was appearing before senators who have "serious doubts" of Trump and his foreign policy.

"We are engaged in patient diplomacy, but we will not let this drag out to no end", Pompeo said of on-going talks with Pyongyang.

It also wasn't clear upon what basis Bolton believes that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation Trump calls the "witch hunt" to which Bolton alluded, might be finished by December 31.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote toward Mr Trump, and a special counsel is investigating whether Mr Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.

Trump has always been seeking to bring Putin to Washington for a meeting.

"NATO will remain an indispensable pillar of American national security", he said. Putin described the first summit as "successful" and accused unnamed "forces" within the U.S. of preventing an improvement in U.S. -Russia relations.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that Putin will not be invited to address Congress because "that is something we reserve for allies".

Days after the appearance in Helsinki, Trump suggested he misspoke and had meant to say he did not "see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" that was responsible for the election cyberattacks.

Taking to Twitter, Mr Trump told his 53 million followers that he was "very concerned" that Russian Federation would be "pushing very hard for Democrats" in the November midterms.

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