President Trump Says He Wants to Meet With Vladimir Putin Again

Senate Republicans did, however, join the Democrats in unanimously denouncing Putin's Helsinki proposal to grant U.S. and Russian prosecutors access to suspects under a 1999 treaty. Some lawmakers were also upset by Mr Trump when he declined to offer any particular criticism for the state of US-Russia relations, saying instead "I think we've all been foolish". Our lawyers and diplomats should use this confession while preparing suits in global courts.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), a frequent critic of the president, said he would "absolutely not" support having the translator testify before Congress, arguing it would have a chilling effect on future presidential meetings. "The President was aiming towards creating a channel for communication and dialogue, and he achieved that", he said, adding he would be "very surprised" if a transcript from the meeting was released.

"You have people that said, 'You should have gone up to him, you should have walked up and started screaming at his face, '" Trump said to CBS News. Wednesday night, Trump had continued to walk back his presser announcement he was taking Putin at his word that he had not meddled in the US 2016 election.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Trump's goal was to "redirect" two countries "that'd been on a bad path".

Moscow will respond proportionally to NATO's aggressive moves that pose a direct threat to Russia's security, President Vladimir Putin said, addressing a meeting of Russian ambassadors and envoys on Thursday.

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.

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Those same forces appeared ready to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of United States jobs and hurt U.S. business and security while waging their divisive political battle, Mr Putin said.

"I was just doing my job", Coats told an audience at the Aspen Security Forum in Aspen, Colorado, defending a public rebuke he'd issued on Monday after Trump claimed Russian Federation hadn't targeted the U.S. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

Mr. Trump faced harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle, with many describing his comments as disappointing at best.

Despite the controversy, Republican voters seem to be sticking by Mr Trump, with a Reuters/Ipsos poll this week finding that Mr Trump's Finland summit had no real impact on his overall approval ratings.

"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he wrote.

Mr. Trump, however, termed the summit a "great success" and rejected the political outrage as "fuss" created by the "fake news media".

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