Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses as he testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as lawmakers demand specifics from him on President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki last week, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. Pompeo says he has personally told top Russian officials that there will be “severe consequences” for any interference in U.S. elections or the American democratic process. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sought to fend off accusations the president is too soft on Russia on Wednesday, putting off a proposed second summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and declaring the U.S. will never recognize Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea.