"I think President Putin knows that better than anyone, certainly a lot better than the media".
But leading congressional Republicans and US energy firms concerned about losing business with Russian Federation have been seeking to put on the brakes. At a press conference in Helsinki last week, President Putin told the world that he wanted Trump to win, saying, "Yes, I did, because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation".
"The speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome up here at the Capitol", McConnell told reporters Tuesday.
"If our bill passes and the director of national intelligence says they interfered in 2018, these very tough sanctions will hit them".
The Republican leaders in Congress are distancing themselves from President Donald Trump's invitation for Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in the fall, saying the Russian president is not welcome on Capitol Hill. Bolton suggested the decision not to meet sooner was due to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election. "They definitely don't want Trump!" the Republican president wrote on Twitter.
Other signs had already emerged raising doubts about the second Trump-Putin summit.
The U.S. intelligence community concluded after the 2016 election that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign and help Trump win. The imposition of sanctions on India would have impacted military ties and pushed New Delhi back to its Cold War-era friend - Russian Federation.
Trump gave more credence to Putin’s denials of any Russian meddling than to findings of his own intelligence agencies
"We are fully committed to ensuring Congress maintains an active role in both confronting Russian aggression and ensuring that the Executive Branch takes the necessary steps to protect the USA and our allies", the senators said in a joint statement released Tuesday.
Two high-powered Senate committees are teaming up to hold a string of hearings on the challenge posed by Russian Federation, U.S. sanctions policies toward Moscow and Russia's impact on relations in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and with other U.S. allies. Mark Warner, D-Va., the Democratic leader on the Intelligence Committee, and Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In the U.S., two influential the Republican Senator said about the need to promptly prepare new sanctions against Russian Federation.
In addition to helping state election officials obtain security clearances so they can be briefed on the latest threats to elections, Homeland Security officials also offer remote scanning of their networks to identify any vulnerabilities as well as intensive cybersecurity reviews that involve onsite exams. They asked for more questioning, more documents and more money for states to secure their election infrastructure.
Corker and Sen Crapo, who is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday afternoon to answer questions about what Trump and Putin discussed in their two-hour private meeting.
DHS Head Hedges On Russian Election Meddling
Now that he's the country's top intelligence official, Coats said he prefers to stay out of the headlines. When pressed by Alexander, she said she agreed with the intelligence community's assessment "full stop".