Published: Wed, July 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump says Russian Federation will ‘push hard’ for Democrats during November elections

Donald Trump says Russian Federation will ‘push hard’ for Democrats during November elections

The Kremlin said on Tuesday it had received a USA invitation for President Vladimir Putin to hold a summit with President Donald Trump in Washington at the end of this year, but said there were other chances for the two men to meet as well.

A day later, Trump was forced to attempt to walk back a comment in which he said "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russian Federation that had hacked the election. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said U.S. President Donald Trump "really sold the American people out" during the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this week.

Trump's tweet comes a week after he faced blistering criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for touting Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election and challenging the US intelligence community's assessment of that interference.

"The Russians better quit messing around in our elections", McConnell told reporters, adding that he was open to legislation to put pressure on Moscow. Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday that Mr Putin would not be invited to address Congress should he accept Mr Trump's invitation, calling it a privilege reserved for allies. On Tuesday, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters for the Russian state news agency Tass that "practical steps to prepare for that meeting have not yet begun" and "there are also other options that our leaders may consider" for meeting instead of a second summit. "They did it the last time".

Trump's invitation for Putin to visit Washington has also caused unease. "I think they've learned from 2016 methods, and different tactics that I believe they'll utilize again, whether it's in '18, '20 or '22, but they'll do it again and they'll be better at it".

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President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

"We were not permitted to look into one of the allegations that was most serious to me, and that is were the Russians laundering money through the Trump Organization?" he explained. The White House later tried to walk back the claim.

While some of America's present or former officials and politicians view Moscow's kompromat as the reason behind Trump's baffling press conference, China, with which the Trump administration is engaged in an all-out trade war, apparently has a different explanation.

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