Monday's historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin was newsworthy for all sorts of reasons, the vast majority of which have absolutely nothing to do with sports.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow is continuing its attempts to meddle in American elections - a remark White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders later said was misunderstood by the press.
The announcement appeared to come as a surprise to US Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who was told about it during a live interview at the Aspen Security Forum in the state of Colorado. "Okay. That's going to be special".
Controversy has raged over the Helsinki summit, with Mr Trump having to correct his own words from the press conference which followed it.
Later that evening Trump was on CBS for an interview and said Putin was only to blame "because he's in charge of the country". But, when asked by Glor if that means Putin lied to him at their one-on-one, Trump said he wouldn't go that far. "If he had asked me how that ought to be conducted I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role, that's not my job", Coats said.
"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed", Trump said, citing terrorism, Israel's security, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace and North Korea. "He understands it and he's not happy about it and he shouldn't be happy about it because there's never been a President as tough on Russian Federation as I have been".
White House insists Trump believes Russian Federation still a threat
He asserted at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation . Mr Putin had both criticism and praise for Mr Trump in a broad speech about Russian foreign policy.
You know you're not in Kansas anymore when a US President is willing to consider allowing Russian Federation to interrogate a former American ambassador about fabricated crimes.
Speaking on CNN, Hirono described Trump's assertion that the so-called "Fake News Media" is the "real enemy of the people" - not Russian Federation - as unsettling, and said that the president appeared too willing to embrace Moscow.
"When the president misspoke the the other day in Helsinki, I immediately tweeted out that it was a mistake, the biggest mistake I thought of his presidency up until now and he had to correct it immediately", Within 24 hours, Trump gave a long talk, and Gingrich said he thinks that got him out of what he'd said, when it appeared he believed Russian Federation over US intelligence agencies on the matter of interference in the 2016 election.
But the director of national intelligence, who oversees the United States' sprawling spy agencies, has been front and center in the past week as he has pushed back against President Trump over Russia's interference in American elections. "Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".
The White House had earlier said it would consider the proposal, which Mr Trump called a "tremendous" gesture.
"We're doing very well, probably as well as anybody has ever done with Russian Federation".