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Published 20 Jul 2018
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Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenate GOP attempts to wave Trump off second Putin summit Graham would consider US-Russia military coordination in Syria White House: Trump 'disagrees' with Putin's request to question Americans MORE said Friday that he’s “very hopeful” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Washington, D.C., this fall.“Those conversations are incredibly important, we have our senior leaders meeting all across the world with people we have deep disagreements with,” Pompeo told reporters.“It is incredibly valuable to the people of the United States of America that President Trump and President Putin continue to engage in dialogue to resolve the difficult issues that our countries face between each other,” he said."I think this makes enormous sense and I’m very hopeful that that meeting will take place this fall." .@SecPompeo on possible meeting between Trump and Putin in Washington, D.C.: "I'm very hopeful that that meeting will take place this fall."— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) July 20, 2018The White House said Thursday that Trump had directed his national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to visit D.C. in the fall, an announcement made days after the two leaders met one-on-one in Finland.MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell broke news of the invite to Trump's Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Trump inviting Putin to DC | Senate to vote Monday on VA pick | Graham open to US-Russia military coordination in Syria Hillicon Valley: Officials pressed on Russian interference at security forum | FCC accuses Sinclair of deception | Microsoft reveals Russia tried to hack three 2018 candidates | Trump backs Google in fight with EU | Comcast gives up on Fox bid Rosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors MORE during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday."Say that again?” Coats asked Mitchell before laughing in front of the audience.“Did I hear you right?” he jokingly asked, amid laughs. “OK, that’s gonna be special.”Some lawmakers, including several GOP senators, are pushing back against Trump holding a second meeting with Putin so soon after Monday’s summit in Helsinki, where Trump sparked backlash by appearing to side with Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election.Trump attempted to walk back the comments in a statement Tuesday, saying he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election before adding that it "could be other people also."The president said during an interview with CBS News on Wednesday that he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling.

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