Putin Proposed Eastern Ukraine Referendum to Trump, Bloomberg Reports

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Top aides gathered to convince the president to issue a rare walk-back of the comments he'd made raising doubts about US intelligence conclusions of Russian election interference as he stood alongside Vladimir Putin. No note-takers were present and no read-out was produced later.

Senate Republicans joined Democrats in swiftly passing a resolution, 98-0, that put the Senate on record against the questioning of American officials by a foreign government.

Merkel's comments Friday came after President Donald Trump invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House.

The Washington Post reported that Trump specifically admired how Putin is "strong, smart, and cunning".

During the phone call, Pompeo and Lavrov also discussed the goal of normalizing US-Russia relations on an "equal and mutually beneficial basis" and the issues surrounding Syria and North Korea.

On Thursday, the White House announced the two leaders would meet again in the fall, around the time of the congressional midterm elections the U.S. intelligence community says Russian Federation is trying to meddle in.

Taking a complete U-turn on election meddling, Trump on Wednesday blamed Putin for Moscow's alleged attempts in interfering in the 2016 election.

President Putin said "useful agreements" had been reached during the summit but we don't know what they are.

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Trump's misplaced and risky equivocation (he should have firmly rejected Putin's preposterous request) led directly to the vote on Schumer's resolution, which was an unusual display of bipartisanship in these dramatically divided times. "Would you now", the reporter continued, "with the whole world watching, tell President Putin - would you denounce what happened in 2016, and would you warn him to never do it again?" The principle, reflected in customary worldwide law, was codified by the United Nations in 1961 in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and virtually every country on the planet is a signatory.

Russia's ambassador to the US says Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump should continue to have direct contact after their summit this week.

Putin told the channel: "We talked about Ukraine".

Trump has tweeted that he and Putin discussed Ukraine, but did not mention a referendum or provide details.

The referendum Putin seeks is created to give his illegal invasion legitimacy. The President's equivocation signalled he either misunderstood Putin's intentions, or was willing to let Putin get what he wanted in Crimea despite universal opposition.

The problem is that President Trump's controversial stance on Russian Federation comes down to more than just a few letters. Putin, who ordered intelligence officers to sabotage the 2016 United States general election.

Coats' appearance at the Aspen Institute had generated some frustration at the White House.

Asked about the Putin invitation, Alaska Republican Sen.

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