Putin still hasn't accepted Trump's invitation to Washington

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A CBS News poll showed even heavier disapproval of how Trump handled the Putin meeting, with 55 percent giving Trump's behavior at the meeting in Helsinki, Finland, a thumbs-down - while 32 percent sat they approved of Trump's interactions with Putin.

"With his statements, General Votel not only discredited the official position of his supreme commander-in-chief, but also exacerbated the illegality under global law and USA law of the military presence of American servicemen in Syria", the Russian Ministry said in a statement published on social media in response to an interview Votel gave to ABC News.

The top Senate Republican said on Tuesday Russian President Vladimir Putin was not welcome at the U.S. Capitol, and he warned Moscow against interfering in future American elections. "That is something we reserve for allies".

The tweet is the latest example of Trump sowing doubts about the integrity of the US electoral system.

Shortly after returning from the summit in Finland, the president surprised his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he announced plans to potentially invite Putin to the White House this fall.

As bipartisan fury over Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin last week reverberates in Washington, Pompeo will hear from senators demanding to know what happened during the president's one-on-one meeting with the Russian president, what Trump meant when he called the European Union a "foe" and whether the U.S. is being duped again by North Korea.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday there would be no cooperation with the Russian military in Syria - at least for now.

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Trump said at a joint press conference with Putin that he did not see any reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the 2016 presidential election, contradicting the conclusions of US intelligence agencies.

Slutsky's comments came soon after media reports that a bipartisan group of senators was preparing a new act threatening Russian Federation with a new set of United States sanctions in case of its interference with any future American election.

Putin acknowledged at the news conference that he wanted Trump to win the election, though he denied doing anything to bring that about. "He just said it's not Russia", Trump told reporters last Monday, immediately prompting a wave of outrage that later forced him to dial back his comments.

"The Russians better quit messing around in our elections", McConnell said. The groups most likely to say Russian Federation won't do anything are strong Republicans (63%), Donald Trump supporters (58%), and white evangelical Christians (54%). Those without college degrees are almost three times as likely to say they have no opinion of Trump's performance.

He said he had told Mr Putin the USA would not tolerate any future interference in its elections.

On Monday, the House and Senate armed services committees released the final version of their compromise defense bill for 2019 that once again renewed a prohibition on "military-to-military cooperation" with Russian Federation.

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