"We need a new, harsh sanctions, which would be hanging over his head, and then meet with him", said the Senator.
Trump and Putin in front of USA and Russian flags.
The issue of election meddling hung over last week's summit in Helsinki, with Trump during a news conference giving credence to Putin's denials of Russian interference despite the findings of the US intelligence community.
"It reduces the possibility an Indian arms purchase from Russian Federation will trigger CAATSA sanctions, a situation both the administration and most of Capitol Hill are keen to avoid", he said.
Trump says in a tweet he's "very concerned that Russian Federation will be fighting very hard to have an impact on the upcoming Election", but says: "they will be pushing very hard for the Democrats".
President Donald Trump says he's "very concerned" that Russian Federation will try to meddle in November's midterm elections to help Democrats win.
The president met with Putin on the sidelines of two worldwide summits previous year - first Germany, then Vietnam - and both times he invited his Russian counterpart to the White House, according to three current and former administration officials.
But it left her wondering, she said, "Why do they want to do that?"
Trump gave more credence to Putin’s denials of any Russian meddling than to findings of his own intelligence agencies
White House national security adviser John Bolton released a statement Wednesday announcing that President Trump will not have another meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin until 2019. Given the timing, the announcement surprised White House allies, and even appeared to catch Trump's top intelligence official, Dan Coats, off guard.
The bill would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation and require a Senate vote for any proposal to withdraw the USA from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
Pushing the meeting until next year would help avoid an uproar that could damage Republican candidates in the November elections. Instead, the Kentucky Republican issued a direct warning to Russian Federation to back off. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and has since picked up four other Democrats and five more Republicans as co-sponsors, including Collins.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham wrote on Twitter that Trump's warning underscores how much Republicans and Democrats need to work together to fight foreign interference, since the tables can turn against either side.
Corker and Sen Crapo, who is the chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said.
Pompeo told senators how strongly he has warned the Russians not to interfere in American elections after the wave of "active measures" they launched against the United States in 2016.
In addition to helping state election officials obtain security clearances so they can be briefed on the latest threats to elections, Homeland Security officials also offer remote scanning of their networks to identify any vulnerabilities as well as intensive cybersecurity reviews that involve onsite exams. Trump's invitation for Putin to visit Washington has also caused unease.