Russian Federation will push hard for Democrats in November election - Donald Trump

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Overshadowing the result is concern about Trump's relationship with Russian Federation, after a campaign and first year in office where he regularly praises Putin, even as Russian Federation is identified with a nerve agent attack in Britain, backing for the Assad regime in Syria, and interference in the USA elections.

Trump has continued speaking about Russian Federation since his meeting with Putin.

Rubio also echoed Graham's urges when he pushed a new bill that would impose sanctions on Russian Federation if they interfere in future elections.

But Trump, at the White House the next day, walked back those comments and said he meant the opposite. Congressional elections will take place in November.

Talking to Putin about matters such as the civil war in Syria, Gowdy said, "is very different from issuing an invitation". Gowdy made his remarks during an interview on television's "Fox News Sunday".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his criminal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. Rubio co-authored the legislation with Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, a bipartisan effort revived by the fallout of last week's summit. Among white voters without a college degree, who largely voted for Trump in 2016, 49 percent said they approved and 47 disapproved. "They did it the last time".

President Donald Trump last week invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn in the aftermath of their summit in Helsinki.

Trump clarified Tuesday that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies" and has pledged to "repel" any future Russian efforts to interference in USA elections. Just 8 percent of Americans said the president is too tough on Russian Federation, and that idea received weak support, regardless of where the respondent fell on the political spectrum. And overall, 37 percent of US adults think Russia's meddling transformed the 2016 election results.

Democrats are seeking to take control of the House of Representatives and Senate in the November elections from the Republicans.

The president ramped up his rhetoric against the Islamic Republic on Sunday, saying on Twitter that the USA won't tolerate Iran's "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH" - a response to a warning Iran's president made to Trump.

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election".

As the outlet noted at the time, Putin's response to Mason's query had already been ambiguous, as it was unclear whether he was answering the first or second part of the question when he said, "Yes, I did".