Putin says US-Russia summit was successful

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Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.

Asked if a recording of the meeting existed, Sanders said: "I'm not aware of one".

Trump initially called it an "incredible offer", but McFaul and others expressed outrage and the White House - just minutes before the Senate vote - made clear a deal with Putin was not in the cards. In his first public comment on it, Putin on Thursday declared it "successful".

While President Trump continues to face bipartisan backlash over his comments at the Helsinki summit, his Republican base overwhelmingly supported his performance, according to an Axios/Survey Monkey poll released Thursday. He blames Trump's opponents. "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russian Federation, even a confrontation that could lead to war".

The image, created by visual artist Nancy Burson, morphs the "images of two of the world's most recognizable men" and is "meant to represent this particular moment in USA foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting", said "Time" magazine in a statement.

"They truly have taken advantage of the USA, but not for long!" he said.

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The Helsinki summit allowed them to start on "the path to positive change", he said, but added that he was cautious about the longer term.

However, Putin said "powerful" USA forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

The dramatic party-line break in the surveys by CBS News and Axios/Survey Monkey highlight the unwavering loyalty many Republicans have for the president, regardless of how Trump's widely criticized actions are interpreted by others more broadly.

Behind the scenes, however, some members of the political and business elite have a different assessment.

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". Trump is bruised by the idea that Russian election meddling taints his victory, those close to him say, and can't concede the fact that Russia did try to interfere in the election, regardless of whether it impacted the outcome.

President Trump said: "My people came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".

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Indeed, when Trump came to office, many Russians hoped he would pave the way for lifting sanctions and ending years of tensions. But he says Trump "is not making the problem better".

"What I fear, you know", he continued, "because President Trump probably is not as conversant in these issues as he should be, or most certainly not as conversant as Putin is, he probably just nodded along".

Trump now appears to be in serious damage control mode after some American citizens are in an escalating uproar over Trump's heavily-criticized meeting with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The New York Times later reported, and the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to CNN, that Trump was briefed on specific U.S. intelligence indicating that Putin personally ordered the 2016 Russian influence campaign.

One of those being sought by Russian Federation is former United States ambassador to Moscow Michael McFaul, but allowing him to be questioned would breach the legal immunity normally granted to a country's foreign service.

Russian politicians also criticized proposals by US lawmakers to question Trump's interpreter from the Helsinki summit about what topics the men discussed privately.

Paul Ryan also expressed some displeased words for Donald Trump in regards to the Putin meeting.

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