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WATCH: DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen Says She Hasn’t Seen ‘Any Evidence’ Russian Interference Favored Trump

WATCH: DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen Says She Hasn’t Seen ‘Any Evidence’ Russian Interference Favored Trump

Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, revealed Friday that the two leaders had discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit.

Facing condemnation from allies and foes alike on Capitol Hill, President Donald Trump was outnumbered even in the Oval Office.

"Look, the fact is we got along well", Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.

Nielsen also declined to say whether the systematic separation of migrant children from their parents was a form of child abuse and placed the blame for the policy on Congress's failure to pass immigration reform.

"So I had a meeting that lasted for more than two hours".

Following their meeting in Finland, Trump tweeted of looking forward to a second meeting with Russia's president: "The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".

The announcement that Putin was in talks to visit Washington again comes amid special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA elections. "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", Trump said, without elaborating.

"I'm sure that the White House and (Trump's) advisers will make sure that America comes first", said Terry Lathan, chairwoman of the Alabama Republican Party.

Also on July 19, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said he asked two Senate committees to hold hearings on possible additional sanctions against Russian Federation over its alleged election interference.

The U.S. and Russia have been on opposing sides of the conflict in Ukraine, unleashed after a popular uprising against a pro-Russian president and Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump has come under fire following the Helsinki talks for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman - and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.

All this on top of a Europe trip in which Trump criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not sharing mutual defense burdens and described the European Union as a trade "foe" - attacks on European institutions that Russian Federation opposes.

The reviews he received were muted - Trump rarely takes kindly to direct confrontation - but it was a taste of what awaited him on his return in Washington, where stalwart allies like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich were speaking out.

On Wednesday during a Cabinet meeting at the White House, however, Trump seemed to respond "no" when asked whether the United States is still a target of Russian-led cyberattacks and meddling into elections.

-Denying Russia's interfered in the 2016 election to help Trump. The Kremlin had said in April that the president had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone in March.

As each White House effort to clean up the situation failed to stem the growing bipartisan backlash, Trump's mood worsened, according to confidants.

"We will see how things develop further", Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest". -Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed a start on "the path to positive change".

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