Putin's Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Last week, President Donald Trump extended an invitation to Putin to come to Washington for a second bilateral meeting.

The White House said last week that Trump had directed Bolton to invite Putin to visit Washington in the fall, moving quickly for a follow-up meeting amid the backlash over Trump's performance at a news conference with Putin following their Helsinki summit last week.

That announcement comes less than a week after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Trump planned to invite Putin to the White House sometime this fall.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote toward Mr Trump, and a special counsel is investigating whether Mr Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.

The US president has repeatedly called the probe into meddling in the 2016 election a "witch hunt", a claim that he repeated in a tweet the same day that he met with Mr Putin in Helsinki. Days after the appearance in Helsinki, Trump suggested he misspoke and had meant to say he did not "see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia" that was responsible for the election cyberattacks.

Meanwhile, secretary of state Mike Pompeo threatened Russian Federation with "severe consequences" for interfering in the U.S. election, adopting a tougher stance than Trump.

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'Yes I did. Yes I did, ' he replied, 'because he talked about bringing the U.S. -Russia relationship back to normal'.

In a tense Senate hearing on Wednesday, Pompeo took the opportunity to clarify the position of Trump's administration towards Russian Federation on the issues of election meddling and the annexation of Crimea. "But the reaction inside the United States is blocking any dialogue", said one billionaire included in January on a U.S. Treasury list of people deemed too close to the Kremlin, some of whom were later hit with sanctions.

Trump has sharply criticized the investigation. At that same press conference, Putin himself said that he wanted Trump to win.

Pompeo also called attention to the military aide the United States is providing to Ukraine and Georgia that, as he said, was not forthcoming under President Barack Obama.

Ushakov said the two sides had not yet started work on organising the Washington meeting.

Trump previously said he'd give the ball to his son Barron.