The White House has announced that Putin has been invited to Washington for another meeting later this year, even as Pompeo lamented that Congress was unimpressed with Trump's unprecedented determination to push back against Russia's "malign behavior around the world".
Bolton suggested the decision not to meet sooner was due to special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.
Mueller has not given a timeline for completing his investigation.
At the top of the list were inquiries about last week's Helsinki summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, particularly the two-hour private meeting the two leaders had, accompanied only by their translators.
Still, Trump's tweet Tuesday is the US president's firmest confirmation to date of ongoing Russian attempts to interfere in the USA democratic process. He said that Trump, despite his denigration of the Mueller probe, accepts that there was Russian interference in the 2016 election and fully understands the threat posed by Moscow. The US president tweeted that he was looking forward to the second meeting, so the two leaders could continue addressing the problems discussed in Helsinki, such as "stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more".
Mr Trump has defended his performance at Helsinki and reiterated his tough views on Russian Federation on Tuesday.
"That's the only version our White House should be putting out on its YouTube channel or in any of its official government mechanism or media that exists", he added, during a segment discussing the White House's attempt to alter the official historical record. Trump partially walked back his comments after returning to the U.S.by saying he misspoke when he said he didn't see why "it would be Russian Federation".
In that clip, Maddow claimed that the White House recording of the Helsinki Press Conference "skillfully cut out that question from that Reuters reporter as if it didn't happen". For context, she said sometimes transcripts are wrong. "They better not do it again", McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill, adding that he was open to legislation to put more pressure on Moscow after Congress enacted a bill imposing tough sanctions on Russian Federation over its alleged 2016 election meddling a year ago.
CNN also focused Wednesday on how the White House has yet to update the error in the transcript.
"It's the president that causes people to have concerns", Corker said. Trump's comments provoked widespread outrage, since the American intelligence community had concluded Putin directed operations created to boost Trump over his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.