Trump tweeted Thursday that he looked forward another meeting with Putin and defended his performance at Monday's summit, in which the two leaders discussed several issues including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and North Korea.
Nielsen's stunning claim comes days after Russian President Vladimir Putin said outright he wanted Trump to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because he believed the political neophyte's policies would be more friendly to the Kremlin.
"The summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", Trump wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
A day after his meeting with Putin, Trump "clarified" his statements at a press conference saying he had full faith in the conclusion of United States intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered with the 2016 USA election.
There were no note-takers present during the meeting-only Trump, Putin, and interpreters. "Okay. That's going to be special".
The summit saw President Trump spent two hours in private with his Russian counterpart before answering journalists' questions.
The White House is guarding against the prospect that Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats could damage the president with a high-profile resignation after the nation's top spy chief has suffered a series of slights.
While Trump and Putin had met privately on three occasions in 2017, Trump opened the door to a potential White House meeting with him earlier this year. Trump has gone back and forth on what was said during the meeting and whether he believes Russian Federation meddled in the election on his behalf.
And while he later acknowledged in an interview with CBS News that Putin was responsible for the effort to undermine the election, he only attributed that responsibility to Putin being "in charge of the country".
The Russian ambassador to Washington also denounced "anti-Russian anger" in the United States and reiterated denials of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - interrupting a questioner to say "We didn't interfere!" The votes were not recognised by Ukraine, the USA or the European Union, while Russian Federation said it "respected" the results.
The US president had initially described the proposal as an "incredible offer".
To Americans back home, particularly the opponents of Trump, the press conference gave them more fodder to criticize the USA president. Eighty percent of Democrats agree that Trump acted treasons, along with 43 percent of Independents, and only 21 percent of Republicans agreeing.
'Now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had.
Trump reportedly asked Putin not to announce the proposal at the summit's press conference in order to have time to consider it, according to one of the sources.