Trump delays next Putin meeting until after 'Russia witch hunt is over'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump an Adidas soccer ball during a news conference last week in Helsinki, Finland - and the ball may have contained a transmitter chip.

United States President Donald Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin had been delayed until 2019, the White House says, citing the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. "The incorrect transcript dropping out the question when Putin was asked if he wanted Trump to win the election, and we can report that the White House video of this exchange has also skillfully cut out that question from the Reuters reporter as if it didn't happen".

Mason asked, "President Putin, did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"

The White House says its stenographer uses White House audio to produce transcripts.

Stay up-to-date with the latest news, stories and insider events. Please check your email for a welcome confirmation. The White House and State Department have been vague when pressed for specifics. It wasn't put there by Kremlin officials looking to spy on President Trump's every move, or any other nefarious individual, but rather by Adidas themselves.

"My guess is [Trump] wants to see if there's a change in behavior", said Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who is now working with Sen.

"President Trump has stated that he accepts our intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election".

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"Getting away from the drama of the elections is probably a smart idea", Graham said.

He reiterated the invitation on a call with Mr Putin earlier this year. "We know weakness provokes our enemies, but strength and cohesion protect us".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weathered a blizzard of barbed questions from senators on Wednesday about President Trump's conciliatory stance toward Russian President Vladimir Putin and his contradictory, and sometimes misleading, statements about America's allies and adversaries.

Tom Udall, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was pressed on what he knows about then-businessman Donald Trump's interests in Russian Federation and whether he has a "compromising relationship" with the USA rival.

The US government says it will not accept Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the committee, during a line of questioning about Trump's private meeting with Putin, which raised deep concerns among lawmakers and national security experts. "There's no relief of Crimea-related sanctions until they return the Ukraine", Pompeo said.

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigating the Trump campaign on ethical grounds, it was Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller.

Questions emerged about the administration's Crimea policy after Trump said he would discuss the issue with Putin and acknowledged Russian investment in Crimea following its annexation.

The U.S. Congress tends to tread lightly with Central Intelligence Agency directors, and Mike Pompeo was no exception.

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