President Donald Trump continues to shrug off criticism of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, predicting the summit will lead to “big results.”
Despite reports to the contrary, Trump also claimed top intelligence officials “loved” his performance at the press conference with Putin.
“So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki,” Trump said in a post on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting,” he added. “We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!”
During the press conference, Trump appeared to side with Putin over the U.S. intelligence community on the issue of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which reportedly angered intelligence agency leaders.
Trump sought to clarify his position in comments on Tuesday, stating he accepts the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election but suggesting others could also have been involved.
The president went on to say in a subsequent tweet on Wednesday that the meeting with Putin could turn out to be an even greater success than last week’s NATO summit with close U.S. allies.
“While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success,” Trump tweeted. “Many positive things will come out of that meeting.”
Trump noted that Russia has agreed to help with North Korea but argued there is “no rush” in the negotiations over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.
In a later tweet, Trump claimed his political opponents would rather go to war with Russia than see him establish good relations with Putin.
“Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this,” Trump tweeted. “It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!”
by RTTNews Staff Writer
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