Trump met Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday during which he said that he had raised the issue of Russian meddling into the U.S. presidential elections. Russian officials worry that domestic turmoil in the USA will hamper potential future cooperation on Syria or arms control discussed at the summit.
"But you haven't condemned Putin, specifically".
They are angry however at proposals by USA lawmakers to question Trump's translator.
In both cases, Senate aides said, Congress - which is constitutionally required to provide a check on the executive branch - has no idea what the president discussed with leaders of the world's most risky regimes, both of which also possess nuclear weapons.
Sanders listed Syrian humanitarian aid, Israeli security, North Korea, denuclearization, Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea, reducing Russian and USA nuclear arsenals, and "your favorite topic" - Russian interference in elections - during Wednesday's briefing for reporters.
"The President's going to meet with his team and we'll let you know when we have an announcement on that", she said.
At the news conference with Putin, he was asked if he would denounce what happened in 2016 and warn Putin never to do it again, and he did not directly answer.
Trump appeared to buy the denial, to the outrage of opponents and even some Republicans back home, despite his intelligence advice and a widening probe by USA special counsel Robert Mueller that indicted 12 alleged Russian agents last week.
"He has to reverse course immediately and he's gotta get out there as soon as possible before the concrete starts to set on this", former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on CNN.
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"We need to be working feverishly here to harden our defenses", said U.S. Sen.
A number of senators also continue to be agitated over North Korea. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation or any other country caught posting ads, running fake news or otherwise interfering with election infrastructure. "He didn't commit to anything", Sanders said.
"I think the president did a good thing by meeting with Putin and I think it's a mistake for people to try to turn this into a partisan escapade", the Kentucky Republican said on CBS.
"Russia is trying to undermine democracy itself".
"I can only say that I do have confidence in our intelligence agencies as now constituted", Trump said. "I think we've all been foolish."? No.
His comments came the same day the Justice Department unveiled an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in hacking Democratic groups during the 2016 campaign.
"By doing this, the president is undermining our national security", Morell said.
Contrary to the US government's fears leading up to the 2016 president election, hacking the nation's election infrastructure appeared to take a back seat to stealing and leaking salacious documents from the Democratic National Committee and House Democrats' campaign arm.
Federal officials ultimately determined that at least 18 states had their election systems targeted in some fashion, and possibly up to 21 found scanning of their networks for possible vulnerabilities, according to a report issued by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in May.