Putin soccer ball gift to Trump gets routine security check

Lester Mason
July 21, 2018

Separately, a senior administration official told Brennan that Mr. Trump is telling his team that he held a firm line with Putin regarding Syria, and said US troops will not leave until Iran leaves.

Russia's ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov said Friday that the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine.

US officials have been mum on what, if anything, the two leaders agreed to in Helsinki during a two-hour, one-on-one meeting.

When Coats learned during an interview Thursday at the Aspen festival that Putin was being invited to visit the U.S.in the fall, he made no effort to hide the freakish nature of the situation.

Asked about her working relationship with Trump, Merkel said: "One can say that the values, or our usual framework, are under strong pressure at the moment".

What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit?

"I don't know what happened in that meeting", he said.
"That's going to be special", he said, after expressing shock at the news.

The ambassador said Russian Federation is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax said.

US Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for Mr Trump to reveal what he discussed with Mr Putin. In a similar incident, Trump offered a simple "no" after being asked by a reporter if Russian Federation was "still targeting" the United States. As if to underline that point, plans are already under way for a sequel - this time in Washington DC.

Trump left the White House for his New Jersey golf club for the weekend.

Media captionTrump says he "misspoke" at Putin summit, but is it too late?

The president campaigned on closer ties with Russian Federation, a goal that had been thwarted during his first year in office.

News of Mr Trump's invite caught many in Washington by surprise.

Putin has rejected accusations that his government meddled in the election won by Trump.

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

But, he added, "Russia was always open to such proposals".

Sergei Aksyonov, the governor of Crimea, told the Russian state-run news service RIA Novosti: "I am positive that [Putin] is doing everything in his power to [get the USA to] recognise Crimea [as a Russian region] and lift the sanctions".

A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 U.S. election. I say to them we are professionals.

The official was informed about the invite on live television, while he was speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

Huckabee Sanders also announced that the White House would not proceed with a plan to extradite U.S. citizens to Russian Federation for questioning in exchange for Russian Federation allowing its intelligence officials to be questioned as part of the Mueller probe.

Coats, whose office briefs Trump nearly daily on the most classified information on security threats to the United States, made clear that he did not agree with the president's decision to meet with Putin one-on-one, with only translators by their sides. Challenging the narrative that he's been soft on Russia, Trump also noted that he has slapped Moscow with fresh sanctions.

Allowing Russian officials to interview Mr McFaul would be a violation of the longstanding tradition that foreign diplomats have legal immunity.

Trump and Putin held two hours of closed-door talks with no one else present but the interpreters.

Mr Trump tweeted: "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

"Look, the fact is we got along well", Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.

Mr Putin has also described the summit as "successful" but warned "there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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