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Tom Udall, and lawmakers are no closer now than they were before knowing what happened between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their private meeting in Helsinki.

"It's not for me to disclose the content of those conversations", Pompeo said in response to one such barrage of questions. "He understands it, and he's not happy about it, and he shouldn't be happy about it". The U.S. and its European allies have said the referendum was illegal as it was held without the consent of the government in Kiev and was conducted in a highly flawed manner.

And Pompeo insisted that the White House has not "gone soft" on Russian Federation.

More Trump-Putin history may be made in the coming months.

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

Trump said last week he would invite Putin to Washington for an autumn meeting, a move that sparked a new outcry, including from lawmakers in Trump's Republican Party, who argued that Putin was an adversary not worthy of a White House visit. And I, personally, made clear to the Russians, there will be severe consequences for interference in our democratic processes, he said.

Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., are pushing legislation that would impose new sanctions against Russian Federation for interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election and to discourage them from doing it again.

The soccer ball that Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump may have had a bug after all.

Shortly after Trump's appearance with Putin in Helsinki, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats issued an unusual statement reaffirming his view that Russia's election attacks are already ongoing - something Trump's post on Tuesday did not.

And with the United States president accused - including by members of his own Republican Party - of casting doubt on the alliance's founding principle of mutual defense, Pompeo sought to smooth ruffled feathers.

Republicans and Democrats alike have described Trump's performance as a betrayal of USA interests and too conciliatory towards the Russian leader.

The White House says the omission "was by no means deliberate" and that the transcript has been updated for presidential records.

Udall said it's a "little bit of both" when asked if Pompeo either would not share what he knows about the meeting, or that he does not know what happened.

White House national security adviser John Bolton then issued a statement postponing the follow-up Putin summit until next year.

The White House said on Wednesday that President Trump wants to delay a planned follow-up meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation until after the investigation of the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is concluded - which the White House predicted would be next year.

"New Day" co-host Alisyn Camerota said Wednesday the White House had "changed reality" and "deleted" the question from the transcript. He said the USA would hold to its long-standing principle of refusing to recognize Kremlin claims of sovereignty over territory seized by force in violation of global law. "These are two nuclear superpowers".

"What the Russians did there is deeply immoral", he said.

The ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, spoke after a media report said Putin had called for a referendum to be held with the help of the worldwide community in Ukraine's breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia-backed separatists control.

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.

Pompeo also pointed to a report this week from an American research group that the North has begun dismantling its main missile-engine test site.