After Helsinki, Trump plans to host Putin in Washington

Charlene Craig
July 21, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his first public comments since the Helsinki summit, echoed President Donald Trump's view that the talks were successful, but he warned of "forces" in the United States of America that are trying to undermine the results.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump accused the "fake news media" of pushing United States confrontation with Russian Federation, adding "they ... hate the fact that I'll probably have a good relationship with Putin".

Lawmakers from both parties are perplexed by Trump's behavior Monday at the Putin summit, including a joint press conference during which he sided with the Russian strongman over US intelligence agencies.

More outrage has come with the news that Trump and Putin might be working out a deal whereby special counsel Robert Mueller would get access to interviews with Russians indicted after allegedly hacking Democrats, and Russia would get to question USA officials it suspects of interfering in Russian affairs in exchange.

US President Donald Trump has rejected a proposal made by the Russian leader Vladimir Putin that Russia be allowed to question US citizens.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a conference of Russian ambassadors in Moscow, Russia, on July 19, 2018.

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However, speaking to CBS on Wednesday, Trump said he considered Putin culpable for the interference as he is Russia's leader.

Here's what the SC lawmaker says about Trump: "I think it's imperative that he understand that he's misjudging Putin". She said the U.S. hopes Putin will have the Russians indicted on charges brought by the U.S. Department of Justice "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

Trump has faced sharp criticism from US lawmakers - including key Republicans - and others who denounced his performance at a July 16 joint press conference with Putin following their Helsinki meeting.

On Thursday, Time revealed perhaps the single most terrifying face morph ever to exist, which imagines Trump and Putin as one single no good very bad human being.

The White House is facing further criticism for not ruling out a Russian proposal to question USA citizens accused by the Kremlin of "illegal activities". Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that Trump was just saying "no" to taking more questions from journalists.

He said he looked forward to a second meeting with Putin to tackle the issues.

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On Thursday, Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation. "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!"

"I've been trying my best to give the President the benefit of the doubt and always expressed potential other theories as to why he behaves as he does with respect to Russian Federation generally and Putin specifically", Clapper told CNN Thursday.

The Russian leader said U.S.

Trump was inaugurated as US president on January 20, 2017.

All this on top of a Europe trip in which Trump criticized North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members for not sharing mutual defense burdens and described the European Union as a trade "foe" - attacks on European institutions that Russian Federation opposes. "But I thought yesterday was a step forward and I'm glad it occurred". "Problem is", Trump said.

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