Lawmakers slam Trump for weighing Russian request to interrogate USA diplomat

Moscow is ready to discuss a possible visit by President Vladimir Putin to Washington after a surprise invitation from President Donald Trump, Russia's ambassador to the USA said Friday.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are forging ahead with plans to push back on the fallout from President Donald Trump's comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as lawmakers once again Wednesday are feeling the whiplash of the President's inconsistent comments on Russia.

In the same hour in which Coats declared Russian Federation to be the most aggressive state actor attempting to interfere in USA affairs, emphasizing the need to be "ever-vigilant" and "relentless", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Mr. Trump has asked national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to the White House this fall.

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he wished to have a second meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Numerous lawmakers have criticized Trump for his post-summit statements raising doubts about Russia's interference in the 2016 US elections, and past and current intelligence community officials also differed with many of his statements.

"Until we know what happened at that two-hour meeting in Helsinki, the president should have no more one-on-one interactions with Putin".

The invitation came as an apparent surprise to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado.

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

The Trump administration will not let Americans to be interrogated by Russia, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday, ruling out acceding to any such request from Moscow.

Konstantin Kosachev, head of the upper house of parliament's foreign affairs committee, said the idea sets a unsafe precedent that threats the "the whole idea of diplomacy", according to Russian news agencies. In fact, the day after Trump was elected, state-run Russian news site Sputnik ran an article claiming that Hillary Clinton would have sparked World War III if she had won.


Antonov gave details of their discussions on arms control, but said the USA has been reluctant to back Russia's proposals so far.

"Certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", and hamper progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the war in Syria, Putin said.

Much of the outrage stemmed from one comment Mr Trump made when he appeared alongside Mr Putin at the summit.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has spent the week mounting a fierce defense of Trump's outreach to Putin, objected to a proposal from Sen.

The U.S. and the European Union have repeatedly accused Russian Federation of sending troops and weapons to support separatists in eastern Ukraine. "That's going to be special".

"President Trump asked (National Security Advisor John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway", Sanders tweeted.

While he praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, Putin slammed his decision to pull out of the global accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

"When I heard that he said no it really bothered me 'cause that's a disconnect between the intel", Graham said.

"They are feeding millions of their people stories", he said.

Coats said US intelligence on North Korea was significantly better than it used to be, but that the USA should not assume it will happen and that "trust and verify" should be America's mantra. Minutes after Sanders announced Trump's disapproval of Russia's request, the Senate adopted a non-binding resolution that would bar USA officials from being questioned by the Kremlin in a 98-0 vote.


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