White House fails to address omission in Trump-Putin transcript
- Jacqueline Daniels
The White House on Wednesday pushed to next year President Donald Trump's planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a move that comes amid intensifying criticism of Trump's conflicting statements on Russian interference in US elections.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that he is committed to working with the Congress on a new Russian Federation sanctions bill, after he issued a "Crimea Declaration" that rejected Russia's control of Crimea.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the US will never recognize Crimea as part of Russia, APA reports quoting sputniknews, APA reports quoting sputniknews.
The White House denied any nefarious motivations, even as some critics suggested that they were slow to correct the transcript because it contained a key admission from Putin that Trump has long denied: that Russian Federation preferred him over his Democratic opponent in the 2016 election. The statement also called on Moscow to end its occupation of the territory.
"I want to assure this committee that the United States does not and will not recognize the Kremlin's purported annexation of Crimea". He called for Russian Federation to respect principles and "end its occupation of Crimea".
The ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, spoke after a media report said Putin had called for a referendum to be held with the help of the worldwide community in Ukraine's breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia-backed separatists control.
Pompeo replied by saying that some of Trump's comments "actually achieve important policy outcomes", but the administration should be judged by its actions rather than the president's words.
White House national security adviser John Bolton then issued a statement postponing the follow-up Putin summit until next year.
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Trump later walked back his pro-Putin remarks, but he has not disclosed what he and Putin discussed during their controversial, closed-door tete-a-tete.
He later clarified that the president's words are indeed policy, prompting an angry exchange with the ranking committee member, Sen.
But, insisting he had won the race fair and square, the wealthy property tycoon said: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation".
As the hearing was concluding, a frustrated Menendez said his conclusion from Pompeo's three hours of testimony was that "this administration is increasingly not transparent" and that when it comes to North Korea, "we have no agreements on anything".
He challenged Pompeo to satisfy bipartisan concerns that the White House is "making it up as they go" and that Pompeo himself may not know what is happening.
The White House says the omission "was by no means deliberate" and that the transcript has been updated for presidential records.
'We really need a clear understanding of what is going on.'
According to some reports, the Russians didn't exactly jump at the invitation for a second meeting so soon after the Helsinki, suggesting instead that Trump and Putin could meet again at the upcoming G-20 Summit in Argentina, which is scheduled to take place at the end of November.
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Electoral authorities said official results declaring an outright victor were not expected before late Thursday morning. The ex-prime minister has since been sentenced to 10 years in jail, which he is serving while appealing the conviction.
Menendez asked whether Trump discussed relaxing tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation and whether he confronted Putin about its aggression in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, among other topics.
In response to questions from Maryland Democratic Sen.
The White House has announced that Putin has been invited to Washington for another meeting later this year, even as Pompeo lamented that Congress was unimpressed with Trump's unprecedented determination to push back against Russia's "malign behavior around the world".
Pompeo has played a key role in recent talks between the USA and North Korea following Trump's historic summit with Kim in Singapore last month.
He strongly believes that now is the time for direct communication, our relationship in order to make clear to President Putin that there is the possibility, however remote it might be, to reverse the negative course of our relationship. Afterward, both men signed a vaguely worded document in which the North Korean leader affirmed his commitment to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".
Pompeo, whom Democrats accused of playing politics with the investigation into the 2012 attack on USA facilities in Benghazi, Libya, accused Menendez of pursuing a "political soliloquy" but then declined the opportunity to respond.
But most of the senators didn't share Pompeo's trust, and the former lawmaker appeared frustrated, if not annoyed, by their questions.
Pompeo cited ongoing talks between the USA and North Korea when asked for "verifiable evidence" that Pyongyang had begun to take steps to denuclearize.
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