Russia is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump, Interfax news agency cited Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, as saying on Friday.
Only five percent of Americans think the USA benefits from the summit more than Russian Federation, while a 34 percent say it was more beneficial to Russian Federation.
Trump's public doubting of Russia's responsibility in a joint news conference with Putin on Monday provoked withering criticism from Republicans, as well as Democrats and forced the president to make a rare public admission of error.
Meanwhile, a United States ambassador in Europe with a strong knowledge of Russian Federation reportedly told The New Yorker diplomatic officials have been told "nothing" about what occurred between Trump and Putin. Trump said he'd give the ball to his 12-year-old son Barron, a soccer fan.
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats did not attempt to hide his surprise when told, while on stage at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado, that Putin had been invited to the White House.
A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine.
On Friday evening, not long after he arrived in New Jersey for a weekend at his golf club, Trump was again defending his summit with Putin.
The Russian ambassador said Moscow is ready to discuss a proposed new meeting between Putin and Trump, Interfax said.
Trump reportedly asked Putin not to announce the proposal at the summit's press conference in order to have time to consider it, according to one of the sources.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary.
Thursday's announcement came as the White House sought to clean up days of confounding Trump statements on Russian interference in the 2016 election.
A White House official said the next Trump-Putin meeting would address national security concerns they discussed in Helsinki, including Russian meddling.
The White House has faced an uproar over several issues from the summit, including Trump's failure to confront Putin over Russian meddling in the 2016 election and Putin's proposal that Russian authorities be allowed to question United States citizens.
Such a meeting would be another step towards discussing and resolving problems between the two countries, he said.
How did Trump respond to Putin's suggestion?
A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not specify if that included Russia's interference in U.S. elections.
'I think we will learn more.
Moscow's takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine prompted the United States, the European Union, and others to impose sanctions on Russian Federation.
What else has happened since the Trump-Putin summit?
'We need to keep our heads down we need to go forward with the wonderful technical capabilities that we have, ' Coats said.