The controversy started last week when The Atlantic published a story pointing out that the official White House transcript did not include a portion of the question Jeff Mason, a White House correspondent for Reuters, asked Putin.
"It's the president that causes people to have concerns", Corker said.
"You seem to be giving a great deal of credit to the Russian Ministry of Defense", Mr. Pompeo shot back.
He later clarified that the president's words are indeed policy, prompting an angry exchange with the ranking committee member, Sen.
And facing lawmakers upset with what they see as presidential bungling, loose rhetoric and inconsistency on foreign policy, Mr. Pompeo urged senators to look beyond Mr. Trump's own words and instead pay attention to what the administration does on the ground. The ball did undergo a routine security screening by the U.S. Secret Service, the AP reports.
The two nations' presidents met earlier this month in Finland.
In the declaration, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Russian Federation to "end its occupation of Crimea", and 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.
The top USA diplomat added, "As democratic states seek to build a free, just, and prosperous world, we must uphold our commitment to the worldwide principle of sovereign equality and respect the territorial integrity of other states".
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"It's only productive if we understand who he is and what he wants", Rubio said.
After a western-backed popular uprising in Kiev in 2014 ousted a pro-Kremlin regime, Russian Federation annexed Crimea and moved to support a separatist insurgency in Donetsk and Luhansk.
In a "Crimea Declaration" issued shortly before his testimony to a Senate committee, Pompeo restated US policy rejecting the annexation.
As recently as Sunday night, President Trump again referred to the concept of Russian election meddling as a "big hoax". Pompeo said that what the Russians did was "deeply immoral" and that those responsible for the MH17 disaster should be held accountable.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing titled "An Update on American Diplomacy to Advance Our National Security Strategy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., July 25, 2018.
US intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered to sway the vote towards Trump, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign worked with the Russians.
Pompeo said that Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un de-escalated the threat of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons development program. Trump's proposed Washington meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has been delayed until 2019.