A majority of Americans support President Donald Trump's proposal to host Russian President Vladimir Putin for a follow-up summit in the fall, despite the bipartisan backlash Trump fielded following last week's controversial summit in Helsinki, according to an American Barometer poll released Monday.
The issue of election meddling hung over last week's summit in Helsinki, with Trump during a news conference giving credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference despite the findings of the USA intelligence community.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Sunday that President Donald Trump's top advisers should consider resigning if he doesn't follow their advice on Russian Federation.
The President caused consternation last Monday when he indicated he trusted Mr Putin's denial of interfering in the United States presidential elections over the conclusions of his own intelligence community.
The survey was taken between July 18 to July 23 - meaning callers were reaching out to voters after Trump's controversial summit had concluded, amid media blowback and a brief effort by Trump to walk back his statement backing up Putin's "powerful" denial of election meddling.
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Ushakov told journalists in Moscow on Tuesday that no preparations were underway for a meeting in Washington and there were "other options that our leaders could consider", such as the late November meeting of the Group of 20 in Argentina or another worldwide event that both would attend.
"The Speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome up here at the Capitol". Moreover, intelligence officials have warned that Moscow is working to meddle once again in this year's congressional elections. A USA legislation, Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), says sanctions must be imposed against those dealing with Russian Federation.
Trump faced a bipartisan tidal wave of criticism after a news conference with Putin in Helsinki where he gave credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference while seeming to question the conclusions of US intelligence agencies. "They did it the last time". Pressed on the point during the news conference in Helsinki, Trump said both the US and Russian Federation were to blame for the nadir in relations.
More than half the country thinks Trump wasn't acting in the United States' best interest during his meeting with Putin, but 83 percent of Republicans say he was.
The Kremlin's failure to swiftly accept Mr Trump's invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable.
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