"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russia", Trump said at a cabinet meeting at the White House. The next day, Mr Trump claimed he had misspoke, and had meant to say he did not see any reason why Russian wouldn'tbe responsible for interfering in the 2016 vote. As it is customary for presidents and first ladies to shake hands and then pose for a picture, the Trumps shook hands with Putin before the summit started.
"Well, I would, because he's in charge of the country".
That didn't explain why Trump, who had tweeted a half-dozen times and sat for two television interviews since the Putin news conference, waited so long to correct his remarks.
"Well, certainly in the past, it's been bad", he said, ticking off former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden, ex-FBI Director James Comey and his Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, as well as anti-Trump FBI staffers agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
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The President also made headlines after he seemingly sided with Putin regarding Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. He also didn't back down from comments blaming U.S. "foolishness and stupidity" for the deterioration of relations between Washington and Moscow, rather than Moscow's election meddling, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, and its hostility toward U.S. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
Responding on Twitter on Wednesday morning, the Republican president said his critics would "rather go to war" and "wanted to see a boxing match" between him and Mr Putin. "There's a lot of people out there".
Trump said he was "very strong" on Putin during a private meeting at the Helsinki summit and suggested that his stance was firmer than President Barack Obama's. I will say this.
MICHAEL MCFAUL: The prosecutor general's spokesperson implied that I was being considered as a criminal in this investigation and that somehow in their cockamamie schemes that Bill Browder was laundering money out of Russian Federation to help the Clinton campaign and I and several other former government officials were helping him doing it.
At summit, Trump refuses to confront Putin on vote row
The White House has struggled for months to dispel suggestions that Trump was unwilling to stand up to Russian Federation . Putin also denied the accusation that Trump colluded with Russian Federation in the presidential campaign of 2016.
Before the briefing, despite his very convincing insistence that he's Team United States, Trump was asked if he thinks that Russian Federation was still targeting the USA, which according to intelligence agencies, they are.
It was the second time since the summit that Trump and the White House have blamed a misstatement or misunderstanding for the furor over Russian Federation.
Putin has denied allegations of election interference.
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Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, also responded to the initial report, telling reporters that "everything I've seen from the intelligence community suggests Russian Federation is interfering with the 2018 election".
One user said Melania "was the only one in the room who understands how risky this man actually is", referring to Putin. Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong Un in June and has since received a letter from Kim expressing hope for "practical actions" in the future as the United States seeking Pyongyang's denuclearisation.
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He claimed the Russians also attempted to hack into the Republican National Committee, "but we had much better defenses". Noting that "mutual interests abound", he said he gave specific suggestions on dealing with crises under discussion.