Trump on Putin meeting - it wasn't all rosy

Trump on Putin meeting - it wasn't all rosy

Trump on Putin meeting - it wasn't all rosy

President Donald Trump has invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this autumn, the White House said on Thursday, a daring rebuttal to the torrent of criticism in the United States over Trump's failure to publicly confront Putin at their first summit for Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said Thursday he had yet to be briefed on the private session.

In Moscow, Putin accused forces in the United States of trying to undermine the success of his meeting with Trump, but said the two leaders had begun to improve U.S. -Russia ties anyway.

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump wrote on Twitter. The official said the talks also would cover nuclear proliferation, North Korea, Iran and Syria.

The announcement that Putin was in talks to visit Washington comes amid special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 USA election, and heightened scrutiny of Trump's views on Russian relations following the Helsinki summit.

The Russian leader praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, but slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.

He added that he did not yet know what Mr Trump and Mr Putin discussed during their meeting, at which only their interpreters were also present.

'I said the word would instead of wouldn't, ' he says regarding Russian interference in 2016 US election.

"Say that again", he said when told by a reporter Thursday. "That's going to be special", he said, after expressing shock at the news.

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On Thursday, Trump offered fresh remarks, claiming to CNBC he has been "far tougher on Russian Federation than any president in many, many years" and warning that he would be Putin's "worst enemy" if their diplomatic engagement does not work out. "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", Trump said, without elaborating.

On Wednesday, the White House said Trump's answer of "no" to a reporter who asked if Russian Federation was still targeting the United States was just his declining to answer questions. The remarks put him at odds with U.S. intelligence over claims of Russian interference in 2016 election.

"We want very much to have a strong Russian Federation because a strong, competent, prosperous, stable Russian Federation is we think in the interest of the world", Clinton can be heard saying in the video.

Antonov called the Helsinki summit "a key event" and said that Putin and Trump should continue to be in contact after their summit. In his replies to the media queries, Trump disregarded the United States intelligence agencies' assertion of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Back in Washington a day later, amid attacks from members of both parties, Trump said he did indeed have faith in the USA intelligence community's conclusions about Russian meddling, although he also said "others" might be involved.

The White House backtrack came just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the idea. "With that being said, if that doesn't work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had".

Foreign policy analysts also pushed back on Trump's view that the only alternative to a "good" relationship with Putin is war.

Climb-downs and clarifications are rare from President Trump and after a few days of both he returned to form later in the week, blaming the media for its coverage of the summit as opposed to blaming himself for any missteps.

Rosenstein last week announced that 12 Russian intelligence officials had been charged with computer hacking and other offences during the 2016 election.

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