Pompeo tells lawmakers, no change in United States policy on Russian sanctions

Miscommunication Reigns After Trump's Meeting with Putin

Americans give Trump negative marks for Helsinki performance

In an interview on Sunday with MSNBC's AM Joy, Waters, who has been one of Trump's strongest critics since he was sworn in as president, said that she wasn't surprised about how Trump seemed to take Putin's side when he denied Russia's involvement in the 2016 USA presidential elections when the two world leaders met earlier this month in Helsinki.

Mr Trump undermined the findings of USA intelligence agencies on Russian meddling in his press conference with Mr Putin but has been trying to walk back on these assertions since then.

But its hopes of a gradual thaw in troubled U.S. -Russia relations now hang in the balance after Trump faced a squall of criticism at home over his failure to publicly confront Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election, something Russian Federation denies.

Trump's performance was widely ripped by lawmakers of all stripes, who slammed his remarks as "treasonous" and "disgraceful."

Last night Rachel Maddow questioned the White House omitting a key exchange from the Trump-Putin press conference. The two leaders could still meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina this November, Russian officials said. He said the USA would hold to its long-standing principle of refusing to recognize Kremlin claims of sovereignty over territory seized by force in violation of global law.

The two leaders had held their first bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland on 16 July, vowing a fresh start to troubled relations between their countries. There will be no relief of Crimea-related sanctions until Russian Federation returns control of the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine.

Maddow defended herself Wednesday in a series of tweets, saying the Post report offered "one possible explanation" for why the White House transcript and video did not include Putin saying he wanted Trump to win in response to Mason's first question.

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Meanwhile, the Trump administration is putting off a proposed second summit with Putin until next year, and taking positions to counter claims that the president is soft on Russian Federation - stating the USA will never recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. However, the White House's transcript is missing part of the question.

In recent weeks, he and his White House have declared war on the truth, altering official White House transcripts, as well as a video on the White House's official YouTube channel, to distort the meaning of a statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin during their joint press conference in Helsinki.

Responding to questions from angry lawmakers on the recent Trump-Putin meeting, Pompeo said there has been no change in sanctions policy with regard to Russian Federation.

Mr Trump has repeatedly declined to hold Mr Putin accountable for annexing Crimea, pointing to former President Barack Obama instead for allowing it to happen under his watch. "Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal". "A reporter's question edited out of the videotape", she said.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H, asked whether Trump talked to Putin about removing US troops from Syria. "I don't want to insult President Trump when I say this, and this may come off as rude, but before he announced that he would run for the presidency, he was of no interest for us".

National security adviser John Bolton said the meeting, which USA officials initially planned to have in August, would be delayed. "Otherwise, the administration will continue opposing tough actions against Russian Federation in response to its malign activities", the top American diplomat said.

"We are engaged in patient diplomacy, but we will not let this drag out to no end", Pompeo said.

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