Putin and Trump sat down for their first summit in Helsinki on Monday, an event that sparked a storm of criticism in the United States after Trump refused to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 US election, something Putin denies.
Putin, in his first public comments about the summit, told Russian diplomats Thursday that U.S.
Russian politicians are rallying behind Mr Putin and shrugging off Mr Trump's accounts of what he said to Mr Putin at Monday's summit. "Of course, let's see how events will develop further", Mr Putin said, without disclosing the nature of the agreements he referred to.
Graham says Trump is right to criticize previous administrations for their handling of Russian Federation. He has also floated the idea of revoking White House credentials for reporters who provide negative coverage.
In speaking of "pathetic, paltry people" in reference to opponents of Trump's Russia policies, Putin appeared to be quoting from the book "The Twelve Chairs" by Russian satirists Ilya Ilf and Yevgeny Petrov, using a derisive phrase that is familiar to readers of Russian literature.
He added: "Some people hate the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russian Federation".
Just hours before the CBS interview was broadcast, the White House was forced to clarify another statement Trump gave at a Cabinet meeting earlier on Wednesday.
Other GOP senators pushed back on the idea that Russian Federation is no longer targeting the U.S. Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., when asked whether there was any doubt that Russian Federation was still targeting upcoming U.S. elections, responded "none", adding Trump "ought to look at the intelligence".
National Intelligence Director Dan Coats had sounded an alarm, comparing the cyberthreat today to how the way USA officials said before 9/11 that intelligence channels were "blinking red" with warning signs that a terror attack was imminent. "We believe that the threat still exists which is why we are taking steps to prevent it".
Donald Trump stunned the world on Monday by shying away from criticizing the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election, sparking bipartisan fury at home and prompting calls by some USA lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia.
Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime USA enemy in Helsinki, the US president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday. In Aspen on Thursday, he's expected to outline the cyberthreats the USA faces from Russian Federation as well as other countries, such as China, North Korea and Iran.
Burson told Time her goal with the Trump-Putin image was to make people "stop and think" about the similarities between the two leaders.
"I'm interpreting what the president said, I'm not reversing it", Sanders said.
Just last month, TIME's editors made headlines with a cover that depicted Trump looming over a crying immigrant girl in a now-famous image.
Brennan, who served as Central Intelligence Agency director from 2013 to 2017, issued a scathing tweet after Trump's Helsinki summit. Trump said that, in fact, he did accept the agencies' conclusions.
He added that he stood behind the USA intelligence agencies' assessment of Moscow's election meddling.