Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

Trump invites Putin to USA for second meeting, stunning security boss

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

In addition, only 5 percent think the United States benefitted from the powwow more than Russian Federation did, according to the survey conducted by The Daily Beast, a news and opinion website and Ipsos, a global market research and a consulting firm.

Russia's ambassador to the US says Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump should continue to have direct contact after their summit this week.

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Following the two leaders' press conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, some pundits and Democratic lawmakers suggested that Trump was "treasonous" or a "traitor" for appearing to side with Putin, rather than with the USA intelligence community, on Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

Mr Putin had both criticism and praise for Mr Trump in a broad speech about Russian foreign policy.

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

When Coats pushed back at Trump's Monday statements siding with Putin on election interference, senior aides were fearful he might quit, according to the Post.

The Russian ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, told a conference in Moscow that the accusations against Maria Butina are groundless and that American authorities tried to "break her" and refused her consular visits for the first few days after her arrest.

A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.

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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. I say to them we are professionals.

Mr Putin said Russian Federation wanted to question USA nationals the Kremlin accuses of "illegal actions".

Coats was on camera while at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado when news broke of the invitation, clearly taking him aback.

A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not specify if that included Russia's interference in USA elections.

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

Moscow's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine prompted the United States, the European Union, and others to impose sanctions on Russian Federation.

Allowing Russian officials to interview Mr McFaul would be a violation of the longstanding tradition that foreign diplomats have legal immunity.

Army Gen. Joseph Votel, head of US Central Command, which is responsible for US military involvement in the Middle East including Afghanistan and Syria, said Thursday he had received "no new guidance as a result of Helsinki".

The chancellor, who is serving her fourth term in office, noted that transatlantic ties had been marked by many conflicts in the past, and said: "I hope that we can find the strength to take things further".

Mr Putin has also described the summit as "successful" but warned "there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations".

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