Pompeo 'hopeful' Trump-Putin meeting happens in DC

Pompeo 'hopeful' Trump-Putin meeting happens in DC
© Greg Nash

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGrassley to administration: You must consult Congress on refugee cap Graham knocks South Korea over summit with North Shrapnel in Yemen strikes links US-made bombs to 63 civilian deaths: report MORE said Friday that he’s “very hopeful” that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet in Washington, D.C., this fall.

“Those conversations are incredibly important, we have our senior leaders meeting all across the world with people we have deep disagreements with,” Pompeo told reporters.

“It is incredibly valuable to the people of the United States of America that President Trump and President Putin continue to engage in dialogue to resolve the difficult issues that our countries face between each other,” he said.

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"I think this makes enormous sense and I’m very hopeful that that meeting will take place this fall," he said.

The White House said Thursday that Trump had directed national security adviser John Bolton to invite Putin to visit D.C. in the fall, an announcement made days after the two leaders met one-on-one in Finland.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell broke news of the invite to Trump's Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsDem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Cuomo wins and Manafort plea deal MORE during an interview at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday.

"Say that again?” Coats asked Mitchell before laughing in front of the audience.

“Did I hear you right?” he jokingly asked, amid laughs. “OK, that’s gonna be special.”

Some lawmakers, including several GOP senators, are pushing back against Trump holding a second meeting with Putin so soon after Monday’s summit in Helsinki, where Trump sparked backlash by appearing to side with Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump attempted to walk back the comments in a statement Tuesday, saying he accepted the U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia interfered in the 2016 election before adding that it "could be other people also."

The president said during an interview with CBS News on Wednesday that he holds Putin personally responsible for election meddling.