At the press conference Monday after the summit, Trump appeared to take Putin's word that Russian Federation didn't meddle in the 2016 presidential election. "They truly have taken advantage of the US, but not for long!"
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned North Atlantic Treaty Organisation against cultivating closer ties with Ukraine and Georgia, saying such a policy was irresponsible and would have unspecified consequences for the alliance.
"We will see how things develop further", Putin said, evoking those in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest". Trump has since sought to roll back his comments, saying on Tuesday that he had misspoke when he said he did not see why Russian Federation would have meddled in 2016.
"They are feeding millions of their people stories", he said.
Democrats as well as some former government officials, including ex-CIA Director John Brennan, have a gone so far as to call Trump's behavior treasonous, while even some staunch Trump supporters have expressed distress at his performance with Putin.
One way to invite him would be to say, you dare touch our elections, and this summit is canceled publicly.
Trump appeared to give credence to denials by Putin that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 US presidential election or was planning to do so in the future, despite the conclusions of USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies and congressional committees that Moscow intervened in the 2016 election with a state-directed campaign of hacking and public-opinion manipulation.
Putin then warned that progress was jeopardized by the uproar in the USA 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 a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", Trump said in an extraordinary postcript to the Helsinki conference on Tuesday. "But no one expected that", Mr Putin said. She said the US hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".
U.S. lawmakers are calling for a court demand to be issued for the notes of the usa translator who accompanied Mr Trump to his two-hour meeting with Mr Putin.
While he praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, Putin slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.
"I think it's imperative that he understand that he's misjudging Putin", Graham told reporters. "It wasn't always conciliatory in that meeting", Trump said, without elaborating. "TIME's new cover: Trump wanted a summit with Putin".
If Putin's speech to the envoys raised serious issues, the Foreign Ministry, known by its Russian acronym MID, used the occasion to make a sardonic quip.