Republican base overwhelmingly supports Donald Trump's comments at Helsinki summit

Republican base overwhelmingly supports Donald Trump's comments at Helsinki summit

Republican base overwhelmingly supports Donald Trump's comments at Helsinki summit

It came as Mr Trump went on a Twitter rant against what he calls the fake news media, even calling his joint press conference with Mr Putin a "great success".

"I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed", he wrote. The US President seemed to lend credence to his Russian counterpart's insistence that his government was not involved in the effort to influence the 2016 election campaign.

He added, "We will see how things develop further", expressing concern about unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations, notably cooperation in the Syria war or arms control.

The cover follows this week's summit in Helsinki, where the two leaders met and Trump said he saw no reason why Putin would have meddled in the 2016 presidential election, despite the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming otherwise.

"In general, it was a success and led to useful agreements", Putin said at a conference of Russian ambassadors.

"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".

Trump said he had been "very strong on the fact that we can't have meddling, we can't have any of that". "The combining of faces is a different way for people to see what they couldn't see before".

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"The concept of letting American citizens being investigated for crimes that are just, I think, jokes is absurd", he added.

The week was one of the toughest for Trump since he took office 18 months ago as aides struggled with damage control and convincing Americans that the president did not favor Russian interests over his own country's. "In the United States, in Russian Federation, or anywhere else", he said in a statement.

On July 16, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had the first full-scale meeting in Helsinki. Asked how he deals with Trump's conflicting statements about Russia, Coats said: "This is the job I signed up for".

Putin has signaled in the wake of his summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements, but neither Trump nor the White House have confirmed any substantive agreements between the two countries. When asked by a reporter Tuesday if Russian Federation was continuing to target the U.S., Trump replied, "No". "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" the USA president tweeted on Thursday. And as the days pass and Trump's comments about Monday's summit become more and more contradictory, Moscow appears to be quietly losing hope for a thaw in Russian-U.S. ties under Trump. Trump tweeted out a clip of the times he mentioned Russian Federation was involved in meddling in the 2016 election, trying to quiet the complaints that grew after he refused to condemn the country in front of Putin.

"I let him know we can't have this, we're not going to have it, and that's the way it's going to be", Trump said in an interview with CBS.

So the anger is all about the 2016 election?

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