The summit in Helsinki sparked a storm of criticism in the United States and overseas after Trump refused to blame Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, something Putin denies.
At a post-summit news conference in Helsinki that generated a political crisis for Trump, the president said Putin was "strong" in denying Russian election interference, and he seemed to take Putin's word over that of USA intelligence officials who are pursuing criminal charges against Russian operatives. Putin has denied such interference.
Putin then warned that progress was jeopardized by the uproar in the US over the meeting, lambasting Trump's opponents and critics of the summit and accusing them of undermining the summit for their own political ends.
In his comments, Mr Putin said the meeting had been "successful and has led to useful agreements".
"Of course, it remains to be seen how the situation will develop, especially given that certain forces in America are trying to belittle and undermine the results of the meeting", he added. Russian officials have branded them "super weapons", and have said they are created to totally circumvent United States missile defenses to maintain a balance of power.
"I would like to clarify, in a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" he said, blaming the entire controversy on the "double negative".
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James Anderson, one of the largest shareholders in Tesla, told the Guardian that he planned to convey his concerns to the company. The spelunker did not necessarily disagree when reporters asked for his reaction to the pedophile comments.
Another poll, by Axios, showed Republican support for Trump's handling of his press conference with Putin at a whopping 79 percent. After facing flak over not taking Putin to task on poll meddling, Trump insisted that he had "misspoken" during the summit press conference.
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told CNBC on Wednesday that Trump "gravitates toward personalities that are strong personalities".
On Wednesday, Trump criticized Clapper, who was appointed as DNI chief by President Barack Obama, as someone in whom he has "no confidence" during an interview with CBS News.
In Moscow, Putin slammed Trump's domestic opponents as "pathetic, worthless people" who were "ready to sacrifice Russian-American relations for their own ambitions". "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" "But I thought yesterday was a step forward and I'm glad it occurred".
"I've been trying my best to give the President the benefit of the doubt and always expressed potential other theories as to why he behaves as he does with respect to Russian Federation generally and Putin specifically", Clapper told CNN Thursday.
Putin told Russian diplomats Thursday that U.S.
On other points in his formal remarks, Putin lashed out at Europe and US -dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps".