'Not WELCOME here’: Putin NOT INVITED to Congress in major USA snub

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believes Russian Federation will work hard to sway November U.S. congressional elections toward Democrats and not his fellow Republicans, but provided no evidence to back up his assertion.

68 percent are "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about Trump's relationship with Russian Federation, while 32 percent are "not so concerned" or "not concerned at all".

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It shouldn't be surprising that just days after Trump declared that he had confidence in US intelligence agencies, he would attack them.

The U.S. intelligence community also proved that Russian agents attempted to meddle in the 2016 elections to benefit Republicans.

Putin acknowledged he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential race during a joint news conference with Trump after their July 16 summit in Helsinki.

Last week Mr Trump also triggered immediate criticism when he appeared to deny the Kremlin is still targeting America.

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The first full-fledged talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his USA counterpart Donald Trump took place in Finland's capital of Helsinki on July 16. The one-on-one meeting between Putin and Trump lasted for more than two hours.

Putin, accused of meddling in the USA elections, will not be invited to address Congress or visit the Capitol if he accepts Trump's invitation to come to Washington, Republican congressional leaders said on Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said on Tuesday that Putin was not welcome at the U.S. Capitol.

Lawmakers from both parties have raised concerns about Trump's approach to the Russian leader.

In a statement after that summit, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats reaffirmed the intelligence community's findings and warned of Russia's "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy".

"The Russians better quit messing around in our elections", McConnell said.

By Sunday, however, he blamed former President Barack Obama for not stopping the Russian interference in the election, yet called it "all a big hoax". "They better not do it again". "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative". "We have November. I think we should be absolutely prepared to assume that they will try to interfere in all 50 states".

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