>> President Donald Trump will postpone a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until next year, after the probe into Russian election meddling is over. Or as his national security advisor, John Bolton, put it Wednesday, quote, after the Russia witch hunt is over. But Reuters' Mary Milliken says the real reason the summit was postponed was likely because it wasn't very popular.
>> No one really publicly endorsed that idea. A lot of people said it was a bad idea. He is an adversary, and you don't invite him to the White House.>> We will certainly not be giving him an invitation to do a joint session. That's something we reserve for allies.
>> Trump weathered fierce criticism after the Helsinki summit last week.>> I think it was a bad day for the President.>> For doubting his own intelligence agencies and defending Putin.>> President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.>> Amid a backlash, he then claimed to have misspoke.
>> I said the word would instead of wouldn't.>> But then invited Putin to visit the White House in the fall, possibly before the mid-term elections. However, the Kremlin was being coy about the invitation, and as of Tuesday, had still not accepted. One Kremlin aide even floated the idea of meeting somewhere else, like on the sidelines of the upcoming G20.
Trump's Helsinki performance earned him rebukes even from within his own party, with leaders saying he was too soft on Putin. While Russia's political and business leaders initially hailed the summit as a victory, now some fear Putin may have overplayed a winning hand. Namely that by opening Trump up to criticism at home, Putin has created a backlash among US law makers which could lead to more sanctions for Russia.
The ruble tumbled on Tuesday after Senators Lindsey Graham and Bob Menendez said they had began working on new sanctions that would, among other things, take aim at Russian sovereign debt. It later recovered most of its losses