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Most Americans think President Donald Trump has not been tough enough on Russia or improved the nation's role as a world leader, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist Poll taken after Trump's summit last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In another worrying trend for Mr Trump, the poll revealed rising support for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the USA 2016 election.

Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said Washington and Moscow agreed there was a need for another Putin-Trump meeting after last week's summit in Helsinki, but said Russian Federation had not yet begun any practical preparations for a new summit.

Shortly after returning from the summit in Finland, the president surprised his own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats when he announced plans to potentially invite Putin to the White House this fall.

The issue of election meddling hung over last week's summit in Helsinki, with Trump during a news conference giving credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference despite the findings of the US intelligence community. "The task to restore a constructive dialogue remains very urgent and should I say that new sanctions are hardly the best background for this", Slutsky said. It also wants to question former congressional aide Kyle Parker, who drafted a series of sanctions against Russian Federation known as the Magnitsky Act, which Browder lobbied for. Trump said he holds "both countries responsible" for Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election because "we're all to blame".

Trump explained that he mixed up "would" and 'wouldn't when speaking about Russia's involvement.

Trump's ratings for handling the summit represent a weakened moment for him, but they are not markedly worse than ratings of his presidency overall in other recent polls. "They believe in engagement with Russian Federation, they believe in dialogue with Russian Federation, and they're not anxious about an invitation to President Putin this fall".

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

US and coalition commanders overseeing anti-Islamic State operations in Syria remain committed to military deconfliction with Russian forces in the country, deployed to support government troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Mr. Mattis said during the briefing at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto.

"I'm very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", Trump tweeted.

The survey was taken between July 18 to July 23 - meaning callers were reaching out to voters after Trump's controversial summit had concluded, amid media blowback and a brief effort by Trump to walk back his statement backing up Putin's "powerful" denial of election meddling. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, rather than immediately dismissing the idea, told reporters last week that the president would be meeting with his team on the matter and would let reporters know when the White House had a announcement on the matter. He states often that Russian meddling in USA elections is fake news.


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