Vladimir Putin Personally Responsible For Election Meddling: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump return to the White House in Washington from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday. — AFP

Time magazine has blended the faces of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in an eerie nod to the U.S. president's ongoing Russian Federation calamity.

Media captionTrump says he "misspoke" at Putin summit, but is it too late? The vote was underway mid-afternoon.

However, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was soon after asked about Sanders' comment and shot down the "assertions by the Russian government" that it could question 11 American citizens as "absurd".

Putin accused Browder of making campaign contributions to Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton with money he earned in Russian Federation on which he did not pay taxes.

Russian Federation was also seeking to interview Michael McFaul, another Putin critic who was USA ambassador to Moscow under President Obama.

However, the White House seemed to be largely on an island in its consideration of Putin's request.

"I don't see any reason why it would be", Trump said in Helsinki.

Trump has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting with Putin both from Democratic opponents and some Republicans. Trump also met with Putin past year in Germany and Vietnam.

Trump, struggling to quiet an uproar over his failure to confront Putin over Russia's meddling in the 2016 USA election at Monday's summit in Helsinki, fell back on one of his favorite targets - the news media - while US lawmakers considered fresh legislative action targeting Moscow.

Russia, while developing its foreign policy toward the United States, should consider the efforts of a "quite powerful" group in Washington that seeks to undermine good relations between the countries, Putin said Thursday. We are doing MUCH better than any other country!,' he wrote. And I think the press makes up the, look, it's fake news.

Trump was widely condemned by USA political figures, his Republican colleagues and opposition Democrats alike, for his performance at a news conference Monday alongside Putin, where he sided with Putin's denial that Russian Federation had meddled in the 2016 election to try to help Trump win, equating it with the US intelligence community conclusion that Russian Federation had interfered.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged colleagues to set aside their differences over the 2016 election and join to prevent another crisis.

Granting any credibility to the scheme means the White House is "playing into Russia's hands", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters on Thursday.

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The magazine also tweeted an animated version of the cover, which shows the transition from the US president to Russian Prime Minister.

He added, "We will see how things develop further", expressing concern about unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations, notably cooperation in the Syria war or arms control.

At his joint news conference with Putin, Trump said they discussed Syria "at length" but was vague about the outcome.

That rhetoric marked a turnabout from Trump's first, upbeat description of the sit-down. Asked the question Wednesday, he "no" answer put him sharply at odds with recent public warnings from his own intelligence chief.

Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.

The scale of the bipartisan outcry at Trump's stance toward Putin has only been rivaled by his 2017 waffling over condemning white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime USA enemy in Helsinki, the US president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday.

When Trump discussed the idea during his news conference on Monday, he offered no indication of disagreement.

However, a new row developed when the U.S. leader appeared to disagree with United States intelligence over whether Russian Federation was still targeting American elections. He cited USA sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the US, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it". Trump today denied Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief about ongoing threats to election security.

Russian media has said McFaul was named as a "person of interest" in the ongoing investigation into Browder and related matters. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland to slap Russian Federation or other countries with sanctions if they're caught purchasing election ads, using social media to spread false information or disrupting election infrastructure.

"It would be a terrible precedent if a president wasn't free to talk one-on-one with a head of state." he said.

The intelligence briefing was held at Trump Tower.

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