Instead, ahead of his summit with Putin, he blamed souring U.S. -Russia relations on previous U.S. administrations and the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
As bipartisan fury over Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin last week reverberates in Washington, Pompeo will hear from senators demanding to know what happened during the president's one-on-one meeting with the Russian president, what Trump meant when he called the European Union a "foe" and whether the USA is being duped again by North Korea.
Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have shown no interest in holding meetings with Putin if he accepts Trump's invitation to the White House to follow up on last week's summit in Helsinki.
But the most logical explanation is that like many Americans, they figure a quick second summit with Putin on USA soil would be the wrong big foreign-policy move for Trump, particularly if it happens right before the midterm elections.
The important thing to remember throughout this is that while it is fun having Chris Evans be the Captain America we know and love, these misleading statements from Trump could come back in a very negative light if Democrats do, in fact, sweep the midterm elections.
"The evidence is overwhelming, it can be proven beyond any evidentiary burden, that Russian Federation is not our friend and they tried to attack us in 2016", Gowdy told Fox News' Bret Baier.
Most Americans, a new poll from Quinnipiac University found, disapprove of how the media cover Trump, a function of a majority of independents disapproving of that coverage.
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On Twitter, Hayden said he doesn't go to the White House for classified briefings. "Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees".
Whitman ended by encouraging Republican voices to stand up to Trump because of the power they have to influence action.
Trump answered: "Putin said it's not Russian Federation".
As recently as Sunday night, President Trump again referred to the concept of Russian election meddling as a "big hoax".
Taking to Twitter, Mr Trump told his 53 million followers that he was "very concerned" that Russian Federation would be "pushing very hard for Democrats" in the November midterms.
Trump's tweet comes a week after he faced blistering criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for touting Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election and challenging the US intelligence community's assessment of that interference.
US intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the congressional races. By contrast, 80 percent of Democrats say Trump has weakened US leadership around the world.
Mr Trump has repeatedly spoken of the Russian president in glowing terms, congratulating him for his election victory against the advice of senior White House officials. He states often that Russian meddling in US elections is fake news. Critics accused Nr Trump of siding with Russian Federation over his own country by failing to so.