Second Trump-Putin summit won't come until 2019: White House
- Author: Jon Douglas Jul 27, 2018,
Jul 27, 2018, 10:00
"I know, I briefed him on it for over a year". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, prior to the announcement, that the US would never recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea and demanded that Ukraine's territorial integrity be restored.
The expression of concern about Russian meddling is a change in tone for the president, who has repeatedly expressed doubts about Russia's role in interfering in the 2016 USA election. And if he says that, I would accept that.
"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election". Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats.
President Donald Trump last week invited Putin to visit Washington this autumn in the aftermath of their summit in Helsinki.
The Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines bill would require extensive, tough sanctions within 10 days of a declaration by the director of national intelligence that Russian Federation was interfering in an American political campaign for the presidency, Senate or House. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in Washington that the warning lights are "blinking red" about foreign interference, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a warning of his own last week at the Aspen Security Forum.
The Foreign Relations Committee is planning additional hearings on the value of the NATO security alliance; the broad challenges facing U.S. -Russia policy; Russia's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; as well as arms control issues, including allegations that Russian Federation violated the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Delaying the Putin visit until "after the first of the year" signals another attempt by the White House to set an artificial deadline.
Many Republicans joined Democrats in criticising Trump's summit performance. Mark Warner, D-Va., the Democratic leader on the Intelligence Committee, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"My guess is [Trump] wants to see if there's a change in behavior", said Sen.
The new effort to review, and potentially apply new, sanctions was spearheaded by McConnell and two Republican committee chairmen and will include hearings on the US-Russia relationship, a review of the Russia sanctions regime put into place by Congress in 2017 and the possible consideration of new sanctions that would snap into place should the intelligence community find that Russia interfered in the 2018 midterm elections.
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and who co-sponsored a resolution last week condemning Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 election, said he hoped any future meeting would be moved outside the United States.
The president made that assertion in a tweet that ignored the evidence presented by his own intelligence services that Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 election in his behalf.