U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed forces within the United States on Thursday for marring what they called the success of their first summit, with Trump saying he looked forward to their second meeting.
Trump's attempt at defending himself was immediately skewered online, with people pointing out that each of the clips in his Twitter video showed him hedging his statements about Russia's interference.
The US president was accused of "treasonous" behaviour during a news conference with his Russian counterpart in Finland, in which he contradicted his own intelligence officials over alleged meddling by Moscow in the election that put him in the White House.
Four days after Trump stunned the world by siding with Putin in Helsinki over his intelligence agencies, the president asked national security adviser John Bolton to issue the invitation to the Russian leader, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.
Following the press conference, Netanyahu released a statement thanking the two leaders for their commitment to Israel's security and stating that he "very much appreciates the security coordination between Israel and Russian Federation and the clear position expressed by President Putin regarding the need to uphold the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement between Israel and Syria".
Kosachev also said if the summit turns out to be a failure, it won't be the fault of Putin or Trump. "We will see how events develop further, moreover, as certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", Putin said.
"The National Defense Authorization Act as a law prohibits us from coordinating, synchronizing or collaborating with the Russian forces, so that does guide our activities", Votel said. -Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed them to start on "the path to positive change". "He thinks it was a great idea, and that's just ideal for Vladimir Putin".
But Trump has largely shrugged off the criticism and took aim at the "fake news media" Thursday for failing to recognize his achievements.
Having Donald Trump in the White House is looking increasingly like a liability for the Kremlin, rather than an asset.
"A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained", Time White House correspondent Brian Bennett writes in the cover story. "The administration to even entertain this shows to me how naive they are about what's actually going on in Russian Federation". "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" "Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt", her statement continued. "And there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russia", Trump said before the Cabinet meeting, adding that Putin "understands it and he's not happy about it". Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, told reporters at the Pentagon.
Trump's remarks come ahead of a scheduled July 25 visit to Washington by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss "a wide range of priorities" with the USA president, including a "focus on improving transatlantic trade". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., were trying to force a vote on a resolution backing the intelligence community's findings that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election and must be held accountable.