Putin soccer ball gift to Trump may have had microchip

Mike Pompeo ceremonially sworn in as Secretary of State

President Donald Trump invited Putin to the USA this fall, but Trump's national security advisor said the meeting would be delayed due to the ongoing special counsel's probe into Russia's alleged attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign's possible cooperation with that effort.

White House national security adviser John Bolton then issued a statement postponing the follow-up Putin summit until next year.

But, he said he had a "good understanding" of what took place based on his presence at a larger meeting between the two sides as well as conversations with Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The US intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election and that the effort was specifically aimed at helping Trump win.

The Trump administration sought to fend off accusations the president is too soft on Russia, putting off a proposed second summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and declaring the USA will never recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Other signs had already emerged raising doubts about the second Trump-Putin summit.

Trump stunned observers when he invited Putin to visit the USA when the two men met in Helsinki earlier this month.

"The United States calls on Russian Federation to respect the principles to which it has long claimed to adhere and to end its occupation of Crimea", he said.

'Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump, ' the report said before Inauguration Day, working to 'help President-elect Trump's election chances when possible by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him'.

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In his July 16 Twitter post, Brennan added, "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin". They can - and I have seen them up close - offer strategies that worked well and candidly discuss mistakes they have made.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement Wednesday saying the USA "rejects Russia's attempted annexation of Crimea and pledges to maintain this policy until Ukraine's territorial integrity is restored".

PHOTO: National security adviser John Bolton, center, and President Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly, right, attend a meeting with President Donald Trump and members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 17, 2018, in Washington.

But on Saturday, Coats said the comment was not meant as a slight to the president and blamed the media for mischaracterizing the response.

I think I have a pretty complete understanding of what took place in that meeting.

In the Crimea Declaration, Pompeo said "the United States reaffirms as policy its refusal to recognize the Kremlin's claims of sovereignty over" Crimea.

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

Putin has said the results of the vote would not be revisited. "In the White House version of the video, you can hear the question being asked very faintly under the woman who is translating saying 'president'".

Russian Federation scoffed at a USA declaration saying that Washington would not accept Moscow's annexation of Crimea, suggesting Washington's Ukraine policy could change in the future.

"Fear not, senator", Pompeo responded.

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