>> Is today. Senator, I understand the game that you're playing. I get it.>> I don't appreciate you characterizing my questions.>> Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on Capitol Hill Wednesday, sparring with Senators, demanding answers on North Korea, Russia, and Iran. With the fallout from last week's Trump-Putin summit hanging over the room.
>> We don't know what the truth is.>> Democrats chiding Pompeo on Trump's statements of support for Putin, and questioning what was said in a two-hour, one-on-one meeting between them in Helsinki.>> I think I have a pretty complete understanding of what took place then.>> Good, did you speak to the-
>> Pompeo telling lawmakers the two leaders agreed on a series of mutual initiatives on business, counterterrorism, and the ongoing conflict in Syria, but offering few details. Pompeo under fire as the White House still struggles to explain Trump's performance at a joint news conference with Russia's Vladimir Putin. Where he appeared to side with Putin over his own intelligence services on the questions of Russia interference in the 2016 election.
>> President Trump had stated that he accepts our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. He has a complete and proper understanding of what happened. I know. I briefed him on it for over a year.>> Just before the hearing, the White House signaled a second summit between Trump and Putin, planned for Washington, will be pushed back until early 2019.
And Pompeo unveiled an apparent new toughness on Russia regarding Ukraine. Saying forcefully the US doesn't support its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. Vowing to enforce stepped up sanctions.>> The US policy, with respect to sanctions, remains completely unchanged.>> Pompeo also tried to reassure Senators on talks with North Korea, which have seemed to stall a month after Trump's summit with Kim Jong-Un in Singapore.
Pompeo insisting North Korea is well on its way to giving up its nuclear weapons, despite continuing activity of nuclear activity.>> We're engaged in patient diplomacy, but we will not let this drag out to no end.>> Pompeo is known for his close relationship to Trump, and has taken a lead role in ongoing negotiations with North Korea.