Donald Trump claims Russian Federation is interfering in U.S. midterms to help Democrats

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The "Crimea Declaration", as some media have dubbed Pompeo's statement, followed ambiguous comments about the fate of the peninsula attributed to U.S. President Donald Trump after his meeting with President Vladimir Putin last week.

The US leader himself, under fire over plans to invite Putin to the White House in the fall, opted to delay until 2019 - pushing the talks back until Robert Mueller has completed his probe into Moscow's election interference, according to National Security Advisor John Bolton.

USA intelligence agencies all concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, a fact that Trump has wavered on fully accepting.

Citing the 213 sanctions on Russian entities and individuals since the Trump administration assumed office, Pompeo said "with respect to Russia, this administration has been tougher than previous administrations, and I fully expect it will".

President Trump drew sharp bipartisan criticism for his performance and for not publicly confronting Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"I'm going to stay out of this political circus", Pompeo said to Udall, adding that he and the senator apparently sparred on this same topic in a previous hearing. Just 6 percent of Democrats said they felt the same way.

Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, said it was Mr. Trump who appeared to side with Russian Federation over the USA intelligence community, or who made promises without consulting his military and diplomatic leaders. Among Republicans who were polled, 51 percent said they think so.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker is voicing his "concerns" on the current relationship between the Trump administration and Russian Federation in light of the shocking Helsinki press conference. And overall, 37 percent of US adults think Russia's meddling transformed the 2016 election results.

The U.S. Congress tends to tread lightly with Central Intelligence Agency directors, and Mike Pompeo was no exception. Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they anticipate more meddling in November.

Trump has often called the investigation a "witch hunt" and has denied any collusion with Russian Federation.

CNN said that Camerota will address the issue on Thursday's edition of "New Day". "We haven't seen a lot of movement".

"This is one possible explanation for why the White House transcript and video from Helsinki doesn't include Putin saying he wanted Trump to win", she tweeted.

"While your statements have been clear, our president's statements have confused our allies, encouraged our adversaries and have failed to be comparably clear and I'm concerned that an invitation to President Putin to the White House without clarity about his threats to our election, his threats to our allies, puts at risk clarity", Coons said. He said he agreed that additional sanctions could be "constructive" to that end. He told lawmakers there was no ambiguity about the demands Mr. Trump laid down that Pyongyang give up its nuclear and missile programs if it wants a peace deal. Menendez had earlier accused the administration of holding "incoherent and contradictory views" on foreign policy and the president himself of being "misleading and untruthful" in describing his positions.