Trump expects 'big results,' including North Korea, after Putin summit

Trump expects 'big results,' including North Korea, after Putin summit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau levelled fresh condemnation at Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, but refused to weigh in on the Russian president's meeting with Donald Trump - underscoring what experts say is the hard tightrope act that the US president is forcing Canada to walk on the world stage.

"We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match", Trump said.

President Donald Trump is talking up his Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, seemingly congratulating himself and promising "big results".

He declined to say whether he believed the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation interfered over Putin's denials.

And he again floated the idea that "other people" could be involved. "Lots of other people out there".

Later that day, Trump declared he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the vote that put him in office.

The muddied waters have deepened critics' concerns that Trump is not taking threats to the US electoral system seriously enough. "I can't read his intentions or what he meant to say at the time, and suffice it to say that for me as a policymaker, what really matters is what we do moving forward".

Foreign policy analysts said Trump should immediately reject the idea of Russian prosecution of McFaul and Browder, saying Putin is targeting them because they have spotlighted corruption within the Russian government. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Sen.

"I said the word "would" instead of 'wouldn't, '" told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Putin.

Rand Paul defended the president on "CBS This Morning," saying the president "did a good thing" by meeting with Putin.

After Helsinki, Trump plans to host Putin in Washington
Trump and Putin discussed, and what agreement or agreements they reached, has been the topic of much discussion and confusion . It was one of the "most disgraceful performances" by an American president in memory, Republican Senator John McCain had said.

Trump wrote that a July 11-12 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels was "an acknowledged triumph", repeating a disputed claim that member countries agreed to increase defense spending more quickly than they had planned. Support is growing for a bill giving Congress the power to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation if it interferes in the midterm elections. "We know they interfered with our elections, and we have passed sanctions on Russian Federation to hold them accountable".

When asked about election meddling during a joint news conference with Putin on Monday, Trump said, "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".

FILE - Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (New York), left, pauses while speaking during a media availability on Capitol Hill, in Washington.

And in Missouri, a campaign spokeswoman for Josh Hawley, Missouri's attorney general who is vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, brought up Trump's 2016 victory over Clinton in expressing no concern over the president's summit talk impacting the Senate race. I'm ashamed of it. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that contrary to Trump's earlier statements that Europe is one of US "foes", allies in the European Union are USA "friends" while "the Russians are not". "Can you imagine if President Kennedy believed Khrushchev when he said there were no missiles in Cuba?"

Then came yet another interview, this one from one of his golf courses in Scotland, in which Trump categorized the European Union as a top geopolitical "foe".

But the USA president found precious little support for his decision not to confront the Russian leader - on either side of the political aisle.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign has increasingly put pressure on the White House.

"Words are not enough". "I think even President George W. Bush's meeting, where he had that famous quote about looking into Putin's eyes and seeing into his soul - this summit dwarfs that by a factor of a thousand".

In this July 11, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, as French President Emmanuel Macron, center, watches on the sidelines of a summit of heads of state and government at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters in Brussels Belgium.

Corker said "the first step" would be hearing from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who will testify next Wednesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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