President Trump Delays Putin Visit Until 2019 Due to Mueller Probe


"What the White House has disappeared from the official USA government record of that meeting... is President Putin answering in the affirmative when asked if he wanted Trump to win the election", Maddow said according to Huffington Post.

At one point in the presser, Reuters reporter Jeff Mason asked Putin, "President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"

Putin reportedly said "Yes, I did" when asked if he had wanted Donald Trump to be president.

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.

"The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said in a statement.

Putin never responded to the administration's announcement last week that, at Trump's direction, "plans were underway" for a fall welcome; a Russian official pointed to the controversy in the United States to explain the hesitance.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow has found what she calls a "misleading" gap in the press conference video from the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. 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.

According to NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist, more than two-thirds of respondents believe that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, including 51 percent of Republicans.

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Trump's supporters in Congress on Wednesday said they were giving him the benefit of the doubt on apparently rescinding his invitation to Putin. He tweeted before the summit that, "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity".

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also testified before a Senate committee that Russian Federation would face "severe consequences" for future election interference.

"That's something we reserve for allies", House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, had said earlier Tuesday. Such actions are something we'd expect from the Kremlin, but certainly not the United States of America. Trump's administration has imposed 213 Russian sanctions, Pompeo said, expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers, supported the USA military posture in Europe and taken other steps.

Putin last visited the U.S. in 2015 for a session of the United Nations General Assembly in NY and a meeting with former USA president Barack Obama.

Mr Trump then told CBS he held Mr Putin personally responsible for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Trump, who denies there was any collusion by his campaign and the Russian effort, goes back and forth about what he accepts and what he rejects about what took place.

Reflecting the unease among USA lawmakers, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Putin would not be invited to address Congress or visit the Capitol if he accepted Trump's invitation.