Senators call for new sanctions on Russia

Why America’s current Russophobia defies reasoning

"I know, I briefed him on it for over a year".

"The fundamental question we must ask ourselves is do we wish to strengthen our partners in key regions or leave them with no other option than to turn to Russian Federation, thereby undermining a once-in-a-generation opportunity to more closely align nations with the United States vision for global security and stability", Mattis said.

Trump's tweet comes a week after he faced blistering criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for touting Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election and challenging the US intelligence community's assessment of that interference.

"President Putin, he just said it's not Russian Federation".

McConnell declined to back up a tweet Trump sent Tuesday suggesting any potential Russian interference in the fall midterm elections would be created to favour Democrats. But he said, without offering evidence, "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".

On July 19, amid the controversy over Trump's comments in Helsinki, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the president directed Bolton to "invite President Putin to Washington in the fall".

Under pressure from Congress, which previous year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in Washington that the warning lights are "blinking red" about foreign interference, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a warning of his own last week at the Aspen Security Forum. Instead, the Kentucky Republican issued a direct warning to Russian Federation to back off.

Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina criticized Trump directly.

"We are fully committed to ensuring Congress maintains an active role in both confronting Russian aggression and ensuring that the Executive Branch takes the necessary steps to protect the USA and our allies", the senators said in a joint statement released Tuesday.

Meanwhile in the Senate on Tuesday, two senators introduced bipartisan legislation to impose new Russian sanctions, saying the U.S. Trump has since clarified his remarks to side with the intelligence community.

In addition to helping state election officials obtain security clearances so they can be briefed on the latest threats to elections, Homeland Security officials also offer remote scanning of their networks to identify any vulnerabilities as well as intensive cybersecurity reviews that involve onsite exams.

Trump initially denied the Federal Bureau of Investigation findings at the press conference following the one-on-one meeting with Putin.

"At a time when India is focusing on growing defence ties with the USA, we applaud Congress for also focusing on protecting this strategic partnership", Biswal said.

Trump welcomed this proposal in Helsinki only to reject it on return in the face of Congressional threats to not only pass a law forbidding any questioning of USA nationals by Russian Federation but also impose a new set of sanctions as a punishment for Putin gaining the upper hand at Helsinki.

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