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Mr Pompeo faced tough questioning from Democrats and Republicans during testimony before the Senator Foreign Relations Committee about Mr Trump's failure to hold the Russian President accountable for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election at their meeting in Helsinki last week.

U.S. President Donald Trump (left) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint news conference after their controversial summit in Helsinki on July 16.

Trump's performance was widely ripped by lawmakers of all stripes, who slammed his remarks as "treasonous" and "disgraceful." The president met with Putin on the sidelines of two worldwide summits a year ago - first Germany, then Vietnam - and both times he invited his Russian counterpart to the White House, according to three current and former administration officials.

"As democratic states seek to build a free, just and prosperous world, we must uphold our commitment to the worldwide principle of sovereign equality and respect the territorial integrity of other states", Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

Though Moscow saw the Helsinki summit n the two leaders held last week as a success, the fiercely negative reaction by some USA politicians to Trump's performance has taken some in Russian Federation aback.

If one listens closely, it's possible to tell that the video feed in the White House version goes from the translator who says "president" before a delayed switch to Mason's question. "Every single day, it's like he's spinning the wheel and it lands on a number, and it says, 'Invite Putin.' Then the next day it says, 'Cancel the invitation.' And who knows who's whispering in his ear and if he's paying attention". White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has since sought to argue that the president was only "referring to the claim that his campaign had anything to do with it".

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. "I'd be disappointed to find out that he wasn't", Corker said.

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"It's been a little over a week since the Helsinki meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin, and yet, other than the brief description you just gave us, we don't really know what was discussed during that meeting".

But the first part of Mason's question - the part about wanting Trump to win - is not included in the White House's footage of the event. He reiterated the invitation on a call with Putin in the spring.

"There was hope that dialogue would start after the talks between Putin and Trump".

In a sign that the White House wanted to blunt criticism from the president's own party, the administration issued a declaration about its views on Crimea, including that Republican-approved sanctions will remain in place, hours before the questioning began.

A new Quinnipiac University poll said Americans believe, by a 51 to 35 percent margin, "that the Russian government has compromising information about President Trump".

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", Trump posted on Twitter. "That leaves holding euros in private banks which is frightening (because Russian private banks can be unstable), U.S. Treasuries if you can get them, and other low risk assets", he said.


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