Trump invites Putin to U.S. as Democrats call for Helsinki details

Trump invites Putin to U.S. as Democrats call for Helsinki details

President Trump faced renewed criticism from across the political spectrum in Washington after he blindsided his own spy chief by inviting President Putin to the White House.

Trump has slapped several sanctions against Russia in response to its election interference - including targeting seven Russian oligarchs with ties to Putin and their companies, and 17 senior government officials. That performance set off a bipartisan backlash in Washington, forcing days of damage control efforts by an embattled West Wing.

"We say to Trump, instead of showing us your strength by tearing children from their families where was your strength in standing up to Putin and Russian Federation for undermining American democracy?" "There is such unbridled passion that even people who can normally have a reasonable discussion, just go overboard", Rivera said.

News of Mr Trump's invite caught many in Washington by surprise.

Trump and Putin held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.

President Donald Trump plans to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, four days after a summit that led to an uproar in the United States over Trump's failure to publicly confront Putin for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 US election.

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In fact, committee Democrats tried to question Butina, but the Republican majority apparently shut it down so she wouldn't "tarnish" the National Rifle Association, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said Thursday on CNN's New Day.

There's broad confusion both inside and outside the Trump administration about what "agreements" President Trump made with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki. They all say this deal was based on Netanyahu's desire to look out for Israel, given that the Assad regime and Russian Federation are about to complete their offensive to regain control of territory on Israel's border.

"Any of us who were involved in Syria policy over the last years have to look ourselves in the mirror and look at failure", said former deputy secretary of state Tony Blinken. "Basically, he wants to hand over me and ... others who have been foot soldiers in fighting against Russian corruption and investigating Russian organized crime in the United States".

Also Friday, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, his office said.

Trump tweeted that the two men discussed Ukraine but has not mentioned a referendum or revealed specifics of the Ukraine discussions. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear.proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more".

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