Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump and Putin Morphed Into One on "Time" Cover

Trump and Putin Morphed Into One on

Trump has weathered heavy criticism from Democrats and Republicans alike for his performance at the meeting, where he publicly sided with Putin over United States intelligence agencies' assessment that the Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump's tweet comes on the heels of his multi-day clarifications of statements regarding Russian Federation and election meddling and following his widely-panned press conference with Putin in Helsinki. Trump has given shifting statements on whether he believes Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election - which is what USA intelligence agencies have concluded. But on Thursday, Trump went back on the offensive again to defend the summit, writing on Twitter that the media wanted to provoke a war with Russian Federation.

"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more", Trump said.

Trump was condemned for telling a room full of journalists that he accepted Putin's denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump is planning to host Putin for talks in Washington later this year, after a first bilateral meeting in Helsinki on Monday.

In his first public comments on the summit, the Russian leader told the country's diplomats that certain forces in the USA wanted to sacrifice Washington-Moscow ties for their "narrow party interests" and were "feeding millions of their people stories", the BBC reported. In his first public comment on it, Putin on Thursday declared it "successful".

We see that there are forces in the U.S. that put their narrow party interests higher than national ones, Putin says Moscow, on July 19, 2018. On Monday, Trump tried to walk back his remark that he didn't see any reason why Russian Federation would have meddled in the 2016 election, after intelligence officials and lawmakers of both parties decried his comments as treasonous. "Is Russia still targeting the U.S., Mr. President", Vega asked.

There are powerful people in the USA who steer the entire country on the path of confrontation with Russia, President Vladimir Putin warned, adding that the Kremlin must take this factor into account. Hours later, the White House asserted that Trump's response to a question had been misconstrued. The US President seemed to lend credence to his Russian counterpart's insistence that his government was not involved in the effort to influence the 2016 election campaign. But don't expect President Vladimir Putin to say that out loud.

Lawmakers in both parties are demanding administration officials appear on Capitol Hill in the coming weeks to testify publicly about what Trump and Putin discussed as they struggle to understand the president's interest in close relations with a leader who tried to upend an US election. Forty-two percent of registered voters said they approved of Trump's overall job performance, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll taken after the summit. But he said certain forces in the U.S. want the U.S. -Russia relationship to fail and are feeding millions of Americans stories to serve their own interests.

GREENE: You know, one of the concerns among some of President Trump's critics going to the summit was that there was going to be this one-on-one meeting with Vladimir Putin and that we might not know what happened in the meeting.

Here's what the SC lawmaker says about Trump: "I think it's imperative that he understand that he's misjudging Putin".

Congress passed a law banning military-to-military cooperation after Russian Federation annexed Crimea in 2014.

Do everything in your power to urge the extradition of Russian intelligence officers indicted for hacking our elections, stealing documents, and disseminating the materials. Some lawmakers were also upset by Mr Trump when he declined to offer any particular criticism for the state of US-Russia relations, saying instead "I think we've all been foolish".

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