President Trump has delayed a follow-up meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until after Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is finished, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday.
In another worrying trend for Mr Trump, the poll revealed rising support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. 2016 election.
Sometimes - as in Helsinki with Putin - Trump says he doesn't believe the Russians attacked the election.
During the news conference where Putin gifted the soccer ball, Trump stunned observers - and prompted a rebuke from top Republicans in Congress - by declining to endorse the conclusions of the United States intelligence community that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.
The Kremlin, meanwhile, was reticent on Tuesday about whether it would accept an invitation from Mr Trump to hold a summit with Mr Putin in Washington later this year, saying only that the two men had other chances to meet.
Russian Federation has defended its move, saying Crimean voters approved the annexation in a referendum.
Democratic Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer seized on Putin's past comment as a counter-point to the president's tweet, blasting out the video clip with the caption "let's go to the videotape (again)".
'Yes I did. Yes I did, ' he replied, 'because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal'.
Russian Federation and concerns that Trump is too cozy with Putin dominated the three-hour session. 'My people came to me - Dan Coats came to me, and some others - they said they think it's Russian Federation'. "They are the U.S. positions that are the Trump administration's positions and he spoke about them very firmly and clearly when he met with Vladimir Putin", he said.
But on Saturday, Coats said the comment was not meant as a slight to the president and blamed the media for mischaracterizing the response. Senators tried, with limited success, to glean details from Pompeo about that private Trump-Putin conversation.
"The United States rejects Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine's territorial integrity is restored", Pompeo said in the statement.
Asked by reporters on Air Force One at the end of June whether the United States would recognize Russia's claim on Crimea, Trump ambiguously responded: "We're going to have to see".
Reflecting the unease among USA lawmakers, House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday that Putin would not be invited to address Congress or visit the Capitol if he accepted Trump's invitation.
On July 16 in Helsinki, Putin said he had wanted Trump in the White House because he thought US-Russia ties would benefit. "The path ahead is not easy, but our hopes for a safer world and a brighter future for North Korea endure", Pompeo said.
"And then Trump came and decided differently", she said.