Trump's proposed summit with Putin delayed

Trump Claims Russians Will Interfere in 2018 — to Help Democrats

Trump Claims Russians Will Interfere in 2018 — to Help Democrats tweet

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Trump has since said he misspoke during the meeting and says he agrees with the United States intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin, under the direction of Putin, interfered in the election.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and several of her peers falsely accused the White House of editing out a damaging question from the transcript and video of the Helsinki press conference with President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladamir Putin.

Trump drew harsh criticism for his July 16 performance in Helsinki during his first summit with Putin, with critics saying he sided with Russian Federation over his own intelligence agencies in their conclusions that Moscow interfered in the US presidential campaign.

Even with control now, Republicans have had difficulty approving Trump's legislative agenda and likely would have even more trouble should Democrats take over one or both houses.

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The World Cup soccer ball given to President Trump by Russian President Vladimir Putin is a model that typically contains a microchip and antenna - further raising concerns the gift could be bugged, according to a report.

Republicans now hold majorities in both chambers of Congress, but US political analysts say Democrats could wrest control of one or both houses, more likely the House.

The White House has announced that a controversial invitation for Putin to visit Washington later this year has been withdrawn.

Mr Trump has previously suggested that USA opposition to Russia's annexation of Crimea could be reconsidered.

The poll shows the American public's views on Trump, Russia and Mueller's investigation have not shifted much over time, said Lee Miringoff, who directs the Marist Institute for Public Opinion.

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Trump, meanwhile, goes back and forth about what he says he believes or accepts. Most voters - 54 percent - agree the US and Russian Federation "share the blame" for the relationship between the two countries.

"I'm one who thinks that it's a good thing for leaders of countries to talk", Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters this week when asked about a second Trump-Putin summit. Trump partially walked back his comments after returning to the saying he misspoke when he said he didn't see why "it would be Russian Federation". "They definitely don't want Trump!"

Still, Trump's tweet Tuesday is the US president's firmest confirmation to date of ongoing Russian attempts to interfere in the USA democratic process.

The president provoked an uproar at home with comments during his Helsinki summit with Putin last week that cast doubt on us intelligence findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election.

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