Pompeo: US won't recognize Crimea annexation

27 July, 2018, 22:47 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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Did the White House intentionally edit out a key question from President Trump's joint news conference earlier this month with Russian President Vladimir Putin?

As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to face questions about last week's Trump-Putin meeting from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the White House said Trump had opted against trying to meet with Putin this fall, as had been announced, and would instead wait until 2019.

The White House also issued a declaration Wednesday ruling out the possibility of the USA recognizing Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

The statement called on Russian Federation "to respect the principles to which it has long claimed to adhere and to end its occupation of Crimea".

The ambassador, Anatoly Antonov, spoke after a media report said Putin had called for a referendum to be held with the help of the global community in Ukraine's breakaway regions of Donetsk and Lugansk, which Russia-backed separatists control.

The White House's failure to correct the official record of the news conference comes as it is also facing criticism for suspending the longtime practice of releasing official White House readouts of the President's calls with foreign leaders - another key official USA government accounting.

There probably is no way to end these questions from lawmakers - and perhaps more important, concern by the American public - as long as Trump continues to speak and behave in the friendly way that he has toward Putin and in the adversarial manner he has displayed toward special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and those who want the Russian president held accountable for his actions.

Trump later walked back his pro-Putin remarks, but he has not disclosed what he and Putin discussed during their controversial, closed-door tete-a-tete.

She said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran and the Paris agreement for slowing climate change "were also official USA policy not long ago" because Trump's predecessor Barack Obama "personally decided so".

Republican committee chairman Bob Corker opened the hearing by saying Pompeo was appearing before senators who have "serious doubts" of Trump and his foreign policy. On Monday, officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence United States politics. "But from where we sit, it appears that in a 'ready, fire, aim" fashion, the White House is waking up every morning and making it up as they go".

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"It's time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency", Meadows said . Democrats have argued the focus on Rosenstein is an attempt to broadly undermine the Mueller investigation.

He blasted a lack of information from the Trump administration and said many lawmakers have left their meetings at the White House without a clear sense that there is a coherent strategy in place.

We have made very clear that the entirety of the North Korean CBW programme is contained in the United States understanding of denuclearisation and I am confident that the North Koreans understand clearly America's definition and they have agreed to denuclearize, he asserted.

Pompeo also had a couple of heated exchanges with Sen.

Menendez asked whether Trump discussed relaxing tough economic sanctions on Russian Federation and whether he confronted Putin about its aggression in Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea, among other topics.

On July 13, the U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russian officials for their attempts to interfere with the presidential election.

In response to questions from Maryland Democratic Sen.

Responding to questions from angry lawmakers on the recent Trump-Putin meeting, Pompeo said there has been no change in sanctions policy with regard to Russian Federation.

On the North Korea front, Pompeo also struck a resolute tone, warning that Washington will not let nuclear negotiations drag on with no success, amid criticism that Trump's June Singapore summit with Kim Jong Un has so far yielded few results. Afterward, both men signed a vaguely worded document in which the North Korean leader affirmed his commitment to the "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

Trump and Putin in front of US and Russian flags.

Pompeo responded by accusing Menendez of delivering "a political soliloquy".

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