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Clay Curtis
July 21, 2018

The White House announced Thursday it is discussing a second Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit in Washington with the Kremlin, despite a partisan backlash over their Monday meeting.

"The summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he posted on Twitter.

The senator's comments follow back-and-forth from the White House over where Mr. Trump stands on whether Russian Federation targeted the USA election systems and continues to do so, after neglecting to fully hold Putin accountable for meddling during the leaders' summit on Monday. On Tuesday, Trump appeared to go a step further in his reversal, telling CBS News he held Putin personally responsible for interfering in USA elections.

She said the USA hopes Putin will have the indicted Russians "come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt".

Speaking in Moscow, Putin also called the summit "successful overall" and claimed that it led to "some useful agreements", without being specific.

Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation. The president addressed coverage of the summit in a tweet early Thursday.

GREENE: He sounds pretty happy with the summit, the Russian president does.

Trump says he doesn't think Russian Federation is still targeting U.S
Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Trump needed to wake up to Russia's efforts to interfere in American elections. Trump met with Russian president Vladimir Putin on Monday in Helsinki for a personal summit between the two leaders.

Clapper added that there is "no telling" what Trump exposed to Putin during their closed-door meeting on Monday in Helsinki, and that "makes me very nervous". But I do think there was skepticism from the get-go - from that day to this day - that indicated that anything that attacked the legitimacy or questioned the legitimacy of now-President Trump's election, he just couldn't get his head around.

"He likes President Xi, he likes Erdogan - who I think is the most risky guy in the world", Bannon said, referring to the Chinese and Turkish leaders.

"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".

Putin has signaled in the wake of his summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements, but neither Trump nor the White House have confirmed any substantive agreements between the two countries.

On Thursday, Trump accused opponents of preferring to go to war rather than seeing good relations with Russian Federation. The two presidents met for over two hours one-on-one, with only translators, meaning that no written record of what was discussed exists. Senators are, for instance, preparing legislation that would slap new sanctions on Russian Federation if US spy agencies conclude the Kremlin meddles in the coming midterm elections.

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 US president, including a "focus on improving transatlantic trade".

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