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

Russians Have Something on Trump, Half of U.S. Voters Say

Russians Have Something on Trump, Half of U.S. Voters Say

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will find one of his rare appearances on Capitol Hill rough going Wednesday as he seeks to soothe the ire of senators exasperated by President Donald Trump's strategy on everything from Russian Federation and NATO to North Korea. Frighteningly, Trump could even say that those midterm elections were not valid because of Russian meddling.

The US President backed up his eyebrow-raising statement by insisting "no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me" and "they definitely don't want Trump!" "They definitely don't want Trump!" he wrote on Twitter.

United States intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Last week Mr Trump also triggered immediate criticism when he appeared to deny the Kremlin is still targeting America.

He has previously boasted that Mr Putin thought he was a "genius" and said "getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing".

Yuri Ushakov, citing a desire not to inflame what he described as an already "overheated" US political situation, said no preparations were being made to visit Washington and Putin would be open to meeting with Trump in other venues, such as a Group of 20 (G20) summit in Argentina this fall. And overall, 37 percent of USA adults think Russia's meddling transformed the 2016 election results.

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Besides McConnell and Ryan, other prominent congressional Republicans do not share Trump's upbeat views of Putin.

The Helsinki Summit hit headlines last week when Trump was asked about Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Democrats need to pick up two seats to claim the Senate majority and 23 to control the House when the new Congress takes office in January.

The poll results come just over a week after Trump stirred controversy at a joint news conference with Putin by challenging the US intelligence community's assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

The Trump administration has leveled sanctions against Russia and expelled alleged spies working in the USA on diplomatic cover, but Trump has faced criticism for offering little public criticism of Russian actions. The White House walked back the comment, clarifying that Trump had simply meant that there was no "collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation during the election.

"We merely talked about future benefits for both countries".

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", he said.

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