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‘Russia will push hard for a Democrat win’

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Leonard Rios | 25 July, 2018, 22:28

According to a Quinnipiac University poll taken after a summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, 51% of American voters said Russia had compromising information, while 35% did not believe it. "The task to restore a constructive dialogue remains very urgent and should I say that new sanctions are hardly the best background for this", Slutsky said.

Pompeo's earlier appearances before lawmakers weren't so fraught. Those who most strongly support him already treat the media that way.

Those days are over.

But the most logical explanation is that like many Americans, they figure a quick second summit with Putin on USA soil would be the wrong big foreign-policy move for Trump, particularly if it happens right before the midterm elections.

Last week, Trump told reporters he mistakenly said he didn't see a reason why it "would be" Russian Federation who meddled in the 2016 elections instead of saying "wouldn't".

Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday: "I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election". Trump's willingness to entertain having Russian investigators visit the United States to watch interviews of American officials - including a former ambassador to Moscow - was so roundly opposed that the Senate passed a resolution 98-0 expressing its disapproval.

The Defense Department has no plans to initiate joint operations between USA and Russian forces deployed in Syria, but could move out on those options if ordered by the Trump White House, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Tuesday. In contrast, 70 percent of people who identify as politically independent and 88 percent of Democrats said they thought Russian Federation meddled in the election.

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Putin's top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said that several days after the Helsinki meeting the Kremlin received a U.S. proposal to organise a new summit in Washington "at the end of the year".

Referring to an economic forum in St Petersburg Trump had attended with 500 other businesspeople, Putin said: "Do you think that we try to collect compromising material on each and every single one of them?" "The Speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome up here at the Capitol".

Instead, GOP leaders are considering new sanctions on Russian Federation.

Instead, anger about what some USA lawmakers saw as a too-deferential performance by Trump in Helsinki and his failure to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's alleged meddling in US politics may have made things worse. There's still no time line for Pyongyang to disclose details about its nuclear arsenal let alone a schedule for dismantling it under the gaze of worldwide inspectors. The imposition of sanctions on India would have impacted military ties and pushed New Delhi back to its Cold War-era friend - Russian Federation.

Saying that Russian Federation will now successfully interfere to help Democrats is a particularly insidious claim, even by Trumpian spin standards. And estimates from South Korea's central bank show the gross domestic product in North Korea contracted 3.5 percent in the 12 months through December, the biggest drop in two decades.

The White House is also inviting Mr Putin to Washington this fall, for a first visit of a kind since 2005. In such a situation, we are witnessing increasing objections to the President's approach and, of course, an aggravated concern by Republican senators over the political situation of their party. "Tariffs are the greatest", he said on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Trump has been unrepentant on the issue.

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