A Reuters reporter had asked Putin, "Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"
Mr Trump weathered fierce criticism after his summit last week with Mr Putin in Helsinki after he appeared to give credence to the Russian leader's assertion that Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 usa presidential election.
Surprise! That very innocent soccer ball Russian President Vladimir Putin gifted Donald Trump during their Helsinki summit last week (yes, that was just last week, folks) may not be so innocent. But on Saturday, Coats said the comment was not meant as a slight to the president and blamed the media for mischaracterizing the response.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H, asked whether Trump talked to Putin about removing USA troops from Syria.
In the interview, Pompeo acknowledged that he was not in the room when Trump and Putin met for almost two hours in Helsinki.
In the Crimea Declaration, Pompeo said "the United States reaffirms as policy its refusal to recognize the Kremlin's claims of sovereignty over" Crimea.
Corker's frustrations followed a week of walk-backs, reversals and clarifications from a Trump administration trying to account for the president's freewheeling comments about Russian Federation and the 2016 election.
The statement came as the US announced that it has no intention of recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and will not drop its economic sanctions against Moscow until Crimea is returned to Kyiv's control.
Republicans and Democrats alike have described Trump's performance as a betrayal of United States interests and too conciliatory towards the Russian leader.
After the historic summit, Trump tweeted that "there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea", but in recent days he has faced criticism about the lack of clear progress towards denuclearization.
The senator, a frequent Trump foil who is not seeking reelection this year, said Trump appeared "submissive" in his interactions with Putin, adding that Trump is "antagonizing our friends and placating those who clearly wish us ill".
Pompeo faced tough questioning from Democrats and Republicans during testimony before the Senator Foreign Relations Committee about Trump's failure to hold the Russian president accountable for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 US election at their meeting in Helsinki last week. Bolton said they agreed the meeting would be "after the first of the year". And two-thirds of Americans think Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, an opinion that has shifted little since January.
Trump had asked Mr Bolton to arrange the trip.
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