Ushakov confirmed that a meeting between members of the Russian Security Council and US National Security Adviser John Bolton was planned to take place in August.
Sanders also repeated another Trump line - namely, disparaging the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into potential collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government - during a Monday appearance on one of Trump's favorite television shows, "Fox & Friends".
Mr Trump caused consternation after his performance with Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki, Finland, last week.
Even before the statement was released, Mr Pompeo was taking a tough line on Russian Federation and defending the Trump-Putin meeting as he prepared for his Senate testimony.
As Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepared to face questions about last week's Trump-Putin meeting from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the White House said Trump had opted against trying to meet with Putin this fall, as had been announced, and would instead wait until 2019.
Putin summit put off until 2019
"Trump would have to ignore multiple security warnings and intentionally install a malware on his device", said Linus Neumann of the German hacker collective Chaos Computer Club, noting the success or failure of any such attack would rely on the president "falling for a silly attack like this".
During the press conference, Mason asked Putin, "Did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?"
Ushakov told journalists in Moscow that no preparations were underway for a meeting in Washington and there were "other options that our leaders could consider", such as the late November meeting of the Group of 20 in Argentina or another worldwide event that both would attend. And 42 percent of white men believe Putin has dirt on Trump, while 43 percent do not, according to the poll. "Based on the fact that no President has been tougher on Russian Federation than me, they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats". "The U.S. government essentially following the Kremlin's playbook and maintaining that something we all saw with our own eyes, we all heard happen with our own ears, has nevertheless disappeared like old political opponents being airbrushed out of photos". Russian Federation has defended its move, saying Crimean voters approved the annexation in a referendum.
Pompeo, calling on Russian Federation to "end its occupation of Crimea", said Moscow had sought to "undermine a bedrock global principle" shared by democratic states, that no country can change the borders of another by force. He added that he felt Putin is an enemy of the USA but that "it's OK to talk to your enemies". 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. Whereas Trump has fiercely criticized close USA allies in recent months, he has offered little to no criticism of Russian actions around the world.
In that conference, Trump seemed to agree with Putin's assertion that the Russian government hadn't interfered with USA elections, despite the findings of US intelligence agencies to the contrary.