RT News - August 4, 2017 (17:00 MSK)

Washington blames Russia for escalating the diplomatic crisis between the two countries, while Donald Trump accuses Congress of souring the ties with new sanctions. The U.S. is urgently addressing leaks from the White House, as transcripts of Trump's calls with world leaders are released by the media, raising fears over national security. The opposition in Venezuela says it will defy the newly-elected Constituent Assembly, and continue to work in the parliament. And a German boat, rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean, is impounded by Italian authorities, who suspect the crew had been working with Libyan people smugglers.