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When Trump Met Putin: Is Reconciliation in the Air?

When Trump Met Putin: Is Reconciliation in the Air?

Corey Lewandowski said Sunday the Russian election meddling "issue is officially dead" after President Trump discussed the issue with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their closed-door meeting at the G-20 summit.

"I think what the two presidents, I think rightly, focused on is, how do we move forward", he said.

Russia has denied the allegations, and Trump said on Twitter Sunday morning that when he "strongly pressed" Putin twice on the matter during their bilateral meeting, the Russian president again denied it.

Trump wrote on Twitter that "The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn't mean I think it can happen".

Thereafter, Trump would repeatedly deny meeting Putin or knowing him.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Monday that he's "happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know" after a senior Republican on the panel said he should be interviewed. "Well, I think it was Russian Federation, and I think it could have been other people in other countries".

"Partnering with Putin on a "Cyber Security Unit" is akin to partnering with Assad on a "Chemical Weapons Unit", tweeted Republican senator for Florida, Marco Rubio.

Putin himself also said on Saturday that he left the meeting with the impression that Trump had accepted his denial.

Trump also said on Twitter Sunday that the United States would not lift sanctions on Russian Federation "until the Ukranian & Syrian problems are solved", a reference to Russia's intervention in Ukraine and role in the Syrian civil war. "I think it's better to ask him", Putin said, as USA Today reported.

"Two weeks after Donald Trump clinched the Republican presidential nomination previous year, his eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin, according to confidential government records described to The New York Times".

John Brennan, who served as CIA director under Obama and ran the agency's response to Russia's election interference, chastised Trump on Sunday for repeatedly casting doubt about the conclusions of the intelligence community, including at a news conference last week in Poland.

Trump said he had raised allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It was widely suspected that Trump's advisers had discussed a removal of sanctions after he won the presidency; if any such agreement exists, it hasn't been disclosed.

In addition to Beyer's proposal, Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona has submitted an amendment for Congress to endorse the conclusions of the January intelligence community report concluding that Russian Federation meddled in the United States election. While President Barack Obama's administration provided diplomatic, financial and non-lethal military backing, Trump suggested during his election campaign that he may relax US sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over Ukraine and may even recognize Crimea.

Trump shares his thinking with us through his Twitter posts, which provide valuable and historic insights into this chaotic presidency where the president's obsessions are on naked display nearly every day.

"There was absolutely no collusion", she said.

In June, the Senate passed a bill codifying USA sanctions on Russian Federation.

As for the areas of disagreement between the two countries over Syria, Priebus suggested the possibility of coming to an understanding, including on the position of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Russian Federation supports and the United States has said is a violent despot. He argued variably that it could have been Russia, probably was Russia and indeed was Russia, while insisting it could have been other countries, too, and adding: "I won't be specific".