Donald Trump says Russian Federation will ‘push hard’ for Democrats during November elections

Trump invites Putin to Washington despite U.S. uproar on Helsinki summit

Trump's claim that Moscow would favor Democrats in the November 6 congressional contests - when the entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the Senate is up for election - is at odds with the USA intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win the White House.

"When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING", Trump said on Twitter.

Even President Trump's base has not been impressed with his performance lately.

Gowdy was criticizing Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16, when Trump refused to support USA intelligence assessments of Russian election meddling and seemed to give credence to Putin's denials of Russian involvement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated Tuesday that the Russian President is not invited to Capitol Hill.

The Kremlin's failure to swiftly accept Mr Trump's invitation for a Washington summit has been noticeable.

He said he had told Mr Putin the United States would not tolerate any future interference in its elections.

Then-FBI Director James Comey told the House intelligence committee in March of 2017 that Russian cyber operatives also targeted the Republican Party or related organizations or people at the same time they were accessing the systems of Democrats to hurt Clinton.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said later that Trump had instructed National Security Adviser John Bolton to send an invitation to the Russian leader to visit Washington in the fall. "They better not do it again".

"The speaker and I have made it clear that Putin will not be welcome here at the Capitol", the Kentucky Republican told reporters. Putin denied meddling in the election.

Republicans overall still say they approve of the president, as do white evangelical Christian voters. At a press conference in Helsinki last week, President Putin told the world that he wanted Trump to win, saying, "Yes, I did, because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russian Federation".

He also said if the Obama administration funneled campaign research toward surveillance, the American people deserve to know.

He later backflipped, insisting he had meant to say, "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", rather than, "I don't see any reason why it would be Russian Federation".