Putin Asked Trump to Let Russia Question McFaul, White House Says

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Then came Helsinki, with Trump seeing another world leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin - a controversial visit given the accusations of the two colluding in the past, especially around the 2016 Presidential Election. But Putin did not mention McFaul's name to reporters.

"Russia lost 50 million people and helped us win the war", Trump said. "I actually believe Trump on this", said Noah (video above).

The two leaders held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters. Sanders added that Trump "said it was an interesting idea".

Schumer also urged the Senate to take up legislation to boost security for USA elections and to revive a measure passed earlier by the Judiciary Committee to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

Republicans and Democrats alike were dumbfounded that Mr Trump had sided with Russian Federation over his own intelligence officials after Monday's summit.

"This has to be recognised for what it is, which is simply an effort to clean up the mess he made yesterday, which is beyond the capacity of any short statement to fix", said Mr Adam Schiff, the senior Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee.

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Trump referred to the European Union as "a foe" on trade matters in an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday.

And most recently, there's even more confusion about whether or not Trump believes Russian Federation is still targeting US elections. "I've said that numerous times before". Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russian Federation.

Several senators from both parties backed tougher sanctions on Russian Federation.

"The president also sees this as an opportunity, as he said many times, to be able to work with Russian Federation".

Congress overwhelmingly passed a sanctions law past year targeting Moscow for election meddling. But on one cornerstone issue, a resistance to US intervention overseas, they are simpatico.

The loudest was a reporter asking, "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President?"

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Trump took on his critics via Twitter Tuesday morning, saying he had "a great meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation", and "an even better meeting" with Putin, but saying the "it was not being reported that way, " and that "the Fake News is going insane".

President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence official who said the opposite earlier this week.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington.

Both Trump and the Kentucky Republican are inclined to dispense with the traditional US role as the world's top cop. "It is not exactly easy to craft that kind of legislation, but I think there seems to be some bipartisan support for sending that message and letting Mr. Putin know that if he keeps this up there will be consequences".

Media captionTrump says he "misspoke" at Putin summit, but is it too late?

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KELEMEN: Now, Ambassador McFaul is trying to find out if President Trump bought into this.

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