Putin II: Second Meeting Being Planned Despite Confusion

Hannah Rogers
July 21, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in his first public comments since the Helsinki summit, echoed President Donald Trump's view that the talks were successful, but he warned of "forces" in the us that are trying to undermine the results.

He called the news media the "real enemy of the people" again in a tweet, a message that resonates with his political supporters.

Mr Trump was attacked by both sides of politics and Americans across the board for appearing to side with Mr Putin over his own intelligence agencies with regards to whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 United States election. In a press conference afterwards though, Trump embraced a view pressed by Russian Federation for years that the USA shares the blame for the state of bad relations with Moscow and lashed out at the US special counsel investigation into whether there had been collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

"We will see how things develop further, " Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".

McConnell says intelligence assessments are clear that Russian leader Vladimir Putin "ordered an influence campaign".

"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 said.

We see that there are forces in the U.S. that put their narrow party interests higher than national ones, Putin says Moscow, on July 19, 2018. "I think this one, especially the presentation that was made at the end, was disconcerting to most Americans and certainly was to me", Corker said.

For the second month in a row, Time magazine has put a provocative photo illustration of President Trump on its cover - this time, morphing him into Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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He said Russian Federation remained the " most aggressive foreign actor" trying to disrupt the USA political system. More: Analysis: Friends or foes? "What we're saying today is we're not on our own", Collins said.

Having Donald Trump in the White House is looking increasingly like a liability for the Kremlin, rather than an asset.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why I wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be Russian Federation'".

Granting any credibility to the scheme means the White House is "playing into Russia's hands", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters on Thursday.

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

On Wednesday, Trump appeared to question that, but the White House later said that he does believe that Russian Federation may try it again.

Trump has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting with Putin both from Democratic opponents and some Republicans. "We believe the European Union countries are our friends, the Russians are not". "Problem is", Trump said.

He also 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". So right now, you know, we have the Defense Ministry - Russian Defense Ministry, and then the Russian ambassador to the USA mentioning - just mentioning agreements made - verbal agreements.

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