McConnell says Putin unwelcome on the Hill

The Senate Foreign Relations and Banking committees will hold the hearings after President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump would agree to interview with Mueller if no questions on obstruction Haley: Russia "never will be" friend of US Massachusetts passes NASTY Women Act repealing 173-year-old abortion ban MORE's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week set off a storm of criticism and prompted pushback from Senate Republicans.

That's despite Russian President Vladimir Putin saying outright last week, following the leaders' summit in Helsinki, that he wanted Trump to win in 2016.

The U.S. intelligence community also proved that Russian agents attempted to meddle in the 2016 elections to benefit Republicans. US intelligence agencies also have determined that Russian Federation interfered in the election to help him win, and the agencies have warned there are ominous signs of more cyberattacks to come.

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", he wrote on Twitter.

President Donald Trump says he's "very concerned" that Russian Federation will try to meddle in November's midterm elections to help Democrats win. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the president tweeted on Tuesday, before giving a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

The backtrack came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was being grilled by senators on Capitol Hill about the president's two-hour private meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

Two key senators are joining forces on bipartisan legislation to protect North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and impose new sanctions on Russia after President Donald Trump's recent foreign trip, which included a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

There is now no publicly available evidence to support the president's claim that the Kremlin is interested in helping Democrats in the fall election.


Representative Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned the wisdom of Mr Putin being ushered into the White House. Wresting control of either or both chambers could allow Democrats to derail or stall much of Trump's policy agenda, while ushering in more aggressive congressional oversight and investigation of his administration.

This, from a Congress which on a rare good day this year enjoys a 19% approval rating, because the only bipartisan action it appears capable of undertaking is against President Trump's moves to crush the geopolitical order which has driven the USA into endless wars. However, Tuesday's tweet suggests he might not believe it's a witch hunt after all.

"Now we need to wait for the dust to settle, but later it may be possible to discuss these issues in a businesslike manner, but not now", Ushakov said in remarks that were carried on state news agencies and other Russian news organizations.

Mr Trump has repeatedly spoken of the Russian president in glowing terms, congratulating him for his election victory against the advice of senior White House officials. "They did it the last time".

Still, Trump's tweet Tuesday is the US president's firmest confirmation to date of ongoing Russian attempts to interfere in the USA democratic process.

Even if state elections systems are better protected, other threats remain.

He said he had told Mr Putin the U.S. would not tolerate any future interference in its elections. The company would not disclose the candidates, citing privacy issues.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is planning to hold hearings on: the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); the broad challenges ahead for US policy toward Russia; Russia's current activities in Syria; and arms control issues, including Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces.


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