White House: Nothing malicious in Trump-Putin omission

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Senators were upset that President Trump said at the summit that he did not believe USA intelligence agency assessments that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election.

U.S. President Donald Trump will postpone a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until next year after the federal probe into Russian election meddling is over, national security adviser John Bolton said on Wednesday.

The closed-door meeting was panned by USA lawmakers and observers, but Pompeo insisted it was "one I think the world will have benefited from when history is written". "He understands it, and he's not happy about it, and he shouldn't be happy about it".

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote toward Trump, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.

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.

Asked by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, whether he believed additional sanctions would be one way to discourage Putin from interfering in this fall's election, Pompeo responded: "I do, senator".

"Yes, I did. Yes, I did".

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He later tweeted that work on documents was "moving along quickly", adding that the meeting with Mr Juncker had "great warmth". The EU is prepared to retaliate "immediately" if talks fail, he warned.

Maddow defended herself Wednesday in a series of tweets, saying the Post report offered "one possible explanation" for why the White House transcript and video did not include Putin saying he wanted Trump to win in response to Mason's first question.

It's also the prerogative of the American people to want to know more about the exchange with the man who US intelligence officials say oversaw Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

President Trump suggested Tuesday that he believes the Russian government has exhausted of his leadership and now may attempt to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections to help the Democrats.

He said he found it "very discouraging" that Pompeo couldn't answer questions about what went on in the two-hour discussion between the presidents, and that there isn't a formal presentation about the meeting.

The question is central to the federal investigation - Trump calls it a "witch hunt" - into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"The White House stenographer uses the audio from the White House audio to produce the transcript", the White House press office said Wednesday in an emailed statement.

In an interview transcript released ahead of the Crimea statement, Pompeo said Trump and Putin "didn't find much place to agree" on Ukraine when they met in Finland last week.

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"The President believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russian Federation witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year", Bolton said.

These "were also official United States policy not long ago" because Trump's predecessor Barack Obama "personally decided so", she said.

"You come before a group of senators today who are filled with serious doubts about this White House and its conduct of American foreign policy", Corker said. "These are two nuclear superpowers". The U.S. and its European allies have said the referendum was deeply flawed and illegal, as it was held without the consent of the government in Kiev.

Pompeo did say that US policy toward Russian Federation has not changed as a result of the meeting and that "no commitment" was made to ease USA sanctions.

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.

But even Republican ranks remained unconvinced by Pompeo's reassurances.

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