Pelosi: Putin isn't welcome in Congress

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses a convention of state secretaries of state Saturday

Russian Ambassador Anatoly Antonov said the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit.

When pressed to say explicitly whether Russian Federation favored Trump and Republicans in its influence campaign and in its hacking of Democratic Party emails, Nielsen only said that she agreed with the assessment of the intelligence community. He added that the two did not agree on everything.

He also said Trump hadn't asked him for advice before the meeting: "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role".

"Say that again", he said when told by a reporter Thursday.

Trump listed on Twitter the topics he and Putin talked about, but has not given details. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more", he said in a tweet. "If she can't state unequivocally that neo-Nazis and white supremacists are a threat to the American people, we must question her judgment", he said.

As Americans groped for information about the meeting, Moscow offered snippets of its version on Friday.

President Trump came under widespread criticism on Monday for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 presidential election won by him.

However, the U.S. president seemed unfazed by the criticism.

Antonov was quoted by Interfax news agency and Sputnik as saying at the Valdai Discussion Club that he is unaware of an invitation, and it is up to the Kremlin to formally respond. He did not spell out what they were.

Russian Federation and the United States have a long history of conflict, dating from the Cold War when geopolitical tensions arose following World War II.

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It would be another week before they were pulled out to safety in a complicated rescue that included diving them out of the cave. White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said that Trump's statement was misconstrued and he did mean what he said.

Russian politicians are rallying behind Putin and shrugging off Trump's wildly contradictory accounts of what he said to Putin at Monday's summit.

With Putin at his side, Trump said of American intelligence officials: "They said they think it's Russian Federation".

"Putin's ongoing attacks on our elections and on Western democracies and his illegal actions in Crimea and the rest of Ukraine deserve the fierce, unanimous condemnation of the global community, not a VIP ticket to our nation's capital", she continued.

The US Department of Justice and Congress are investigating the interference and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign.

Top U.S. intelligence officials have said Moscow is targeting congressional elections in November as well.

U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch is now calling on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resign, partly because of comments made by Nielsen during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum.

This meeting came as somewhat of a shock to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he was told during a press conference on Thursday.

This was the week when "would" turned into "wouldn't" and "no" meant "yes", as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his comments on Russian Federation and the Federal Reserve.

That means both hacking and the "fake news" and Facebook efforts usually mocked by Trump-friendly media. "What should we do?"

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