Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Donald Trump says he looks forward to second meeting with Vladimir Putin

Donald Trump says he looks forward to second meeting with Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump has said he looks forward to his second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that the first meeting was a success despite widespread criticism at home and overseas. Trump came under attack from both Republicans and Democrats, as well as in the news media, for what critics said was his failure to publicly confront the Russian leader over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 USA election.

On Monday, Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the USA 2016 presidential election at their joint press conference in Helsinki, sparking uproar in Washington.

American intelligence agencies a year ago announced their conclusion that Russian Federation carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 US election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and aid Trump's candidacy.

Trump later said he had misspoken and accused "some people" of hating the fact that he got along with Putin.

"We will see how events develop further, moreover, as certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin raised the idea in his summit talks with President Donald Trump on Monday, according to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

During the summit in Helsinki on Monday, Putin called for "full compliance" with the 1974 Israel-Syria Separation of Forces Agreement, which secures the Golan Heights border.

"We will see how things develop further", the strongman added in his first comments about the summit, expressing worries about unnamed United States "forces" trying to prevent better ties and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

In his first public comments about the summit, Putin told Russian diplomats that U.S.

How did Donald Trump's attempt to clarify his Russian Federation comments play out?
During his remarks, Trump reiterated his belief that it was a good thing to get along with Russian Federation and highlighted the successes of his three stops in Europe.

"As far as hacking I think it was Russian Federation".

That moment is ripe with confusion about Trump's relationship with Russian Federation.

McFaul said the president had confirmed that he entertained Putin's proposal, and the White House did as well. 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.

While Trump's position on Russian interference has shifted repeatedly in recent days, some in Trump's party signalled they had had enough of his wrecking ball diplomacy and sought to take steps to box him in.

"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.

Trump on Thursday also accused the news media - which he again dubbed the "enemy of the people" - of distorting the summit and pining for a confrontation between the USA and Russian Federation, blaming reporters even as much of the coverage this week has focused on Republicans' condemnations.

At the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington last Friday, Coats said, "We are not yet seeing the kind of electoral interference in specific states and voter data bases that we experienced in 2016; however, we fully realize that we are just one click on a keyboard away from a similar situation repeating itself". Still, Trump backtracked on whether Russian Federation is now targeting US elections.

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements about the summit as well as what they did not know: exactly what the two leaders discussed in their private meeting and what agreements, if any, were reached.

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