Michael D'Antonio, a biographer of President Donald Trump, burst into laughter Wednesday on live TV as the White House announced that it is no longer planning to hold the upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin in the fall but will wait until next year - supposedly after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation will be finished. Putin had already sent signals that the fall White House meeting wasn't going to happen.
It wasn't immediately clear whether the Kremlin had formally turned down the White House behind the scenes, or whether the American side made a decision to foreclose its offer before getting an official answer from Moscow.
Trump drew harsh criticism for his July 16 performance in Helsinki during his first summit with Putin, with critics saying he sided with Russian Federation over his own intelligence agencies in their conclusions that Moscow interfered in the US presidential campaign. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News. At 1:33:00 in the video, the feed experiences the same things as the White House recording.
Before meeting with Putin, Trump attended a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in Brussels where he made comments that caused further strains in the transatlantic alliance. "Is there some strategy behind creating doubt in USA senators' minds?" asked committee Chairman Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican. John Kennedy, a Republican from Louisiana, after learning of the delay.
Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., who is now working with Sen.
"Getting away from the drama of the elections is probably a smart idea", Graham said.
The U.S. Congress tends to tread lightly with Central Intelligence Agency directors, and Mike Pompeo was no exception.
It is a rare admission by the USA president of Russia's continued attempts to sway American elections.
Trump has always been seeking to bring Putin to Washington for a meeting.
Pompeo on had issued a statement Wednesday calling on Russian Federation "to end its occupation of Crimea".
He cited the administration's decision to impose harsh sanctions on Russia (though they were mandated by Congress), expel 60 alleged Russian spies from the United States, and close the Russian consulates in San Francisco and Seattle.
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.
Other signs had already emerged to raise doubts about a second Trump-Putin summit. The groups most likely to say Russian Federation won't do anything are strong Republicans (63 percent), Donald Trump supporters (58 percent), and white evangelical Christians (54 percent).
Mueller, meanwhile, continues investigating the 2016 interference and whether any Americans conspired with it.
Trump has repeatedly derided Mueller's probe as a "witch hunt" and emphatically insisted there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russian Federation. She insisted that "the White House has disappeared from the official US government record" Mason's question, saying "it wasn't a mistake, it was on objective". He told lawmakers there was no ambiguity about the demands Mr. Trump laid down that Pyongyang give up its nuclear and missile programs if it wants a peace deal.