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U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the Capitol as fallout continued over U.S. President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Washington, U.S., July 17, 2018.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is continuing his criminal investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, probing whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

President Donald Trump, a week after downplaying Russian interference in US elections, said Tuesday he is "very concerned" that Russia will look to impact the 2018 midterm elections and said he believes Moscow will look to boost Democrats this time.

Trump made the claim in a late-morning tweet eight days after he held a joint news conference in Helsinki with President Vladimir Putin, at which the Russian leader himself acknowledged that he had wanted Trump to win in 2016.

In the poll - half of which was conducted before and the day of Trump's July 16 news conference in Helsinki with Putin, the other half afterward - just 26 percent approve of the president's handling of the relationship between the United States and Russian Federation.

"They support the president on his position on the issues, as we saw, and actually have a pretty pragmatic view about how we should handle Russia", Nesho said.

The Russian ministry's statement on Votel also criticized the United States presence in Syria, saying that "US forces are left with only one option to stay in Syria - to engage in cooperation with Russia and the country's legal leadership in the process of assisting the return of refugees and temporarily displaced persons to their homes".

The rouble fell 1.2 percent on Tuesday after two US senators said in a statement they had begun working on new sanctions that would, among other things, take aim at Russian sovereign debt.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc Connell speaks to reporters at the Capitol as fallout continued over U.S. President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Washington U.S
Graham: Trump Is "Confused" About Russian Meddling

In Helsinki last week, Trump said he didn't "see any reason why" Russian Federation would be behind election meddling in 2016.

USA intelligence officials have said Russia's efforts to undermine elections are continuing and now target the November 6 congressional races.

While the sanctions proposed by Republican Lindsey Graham and Democrat Bob Menendez were seen by most political risk analysts as unlikely in the near term, new curbs contemplated by other USA lawmakers targeting the energy and metals sectors are more realistic, they say.

Trump wasn't acting in the best interest of the nation, voters said by a 54 to 41 per cent margin.

On this question, independents lean more negatively than positively, with 22 percent saying America's leadership has gotten stronger under Trump, 47 percent weaker and about one-quarter saying it has stayed the same. Self-identified "moderates" are particularly negative, with 64 percent disapproving of how Trump handled the meeting, almost as high as 73 percent among liberals. Among those surveyed, 44 percent said Putin should be seen as a friend, while an additional 45 percent regarded him as a threat to the United States.

He pointed to Trump's comments last week and wondered exactly what changed to make Trump think "they suddenly want the Democrats".

"In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word would instead of wouldn't, the sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't, ' or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", he said.

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