A Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing got heated Wednesday between the panel's top Democrat questioned Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on President Trump's private meeting with Vladimir Putin. 

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey asked Pompeo if Trump told him what specifically transpired in his two-hour meeting with the Russian leader. 

"When the president meets alone with President Putin, it allows the Kremlin-sponsored state media and Russian Ministry of Defense to provide more information... to the American people but sometimes it seems to the members of  the pres own cabinet," Menendez said. "Has the president told you what happened?"

Pompeo appeared irritated by the phrasing of the question and told Menendez that Trump has the "prerogative to choose who's in the meeting or not," adding that Menendez likely has held one-on-one meetings with important figures himself.

"The predicate of your question implied some notion that there was something improper with having a one-on-one meeting," Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, added. "I completely disagree."

Menendez told Pompeo he asked a "simple question" and pressed again for a simple answer, additionally asking whether Pompeo has interrogated the American interpreter who was in the meeting.


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He asked whether Trump told Putin that sanctions would be relaxed or lifted, and whether the president pressed the ex-KGB agent on the annexation of Crimea.

"Senator, presidents are entitled to have private meetings," Pompeo said, adding that Menendez should stick to "conducting your appropriate role [and] that is [crafting] U.S. policy."

Menendez scowled and pressed Pompeo again on specifics from Trump's private meeting.

"The question is, when he had a chance, did he confront Putin...?" Menendez said.

"I understand the game you're playing," Pompeo later responded.

Visibly irritated, Menendez criticized Pompeo for "characterizing my questions."

"We don't know what the truth is," Menendez added, calling the meeting a "highly amazing period of time to spend alone" with Putin.

As Menendez' time expired, Idaho Sen. James Risch was called on, and began his time by praising Pompeo and the administration's decision to nominate him to the Secretary of State post.

"You've always been straightforward with us," Risch said. "Not all of my colleagues appreciate that."

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