President Donald Trump continued to sow confusion Tuesday over whether he believes Russia is meddling in US elections, a day after he said he misspoke in a Helsinki news conference following his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
His reaction came as Trump fired off a series of tweets Thursday in which he slammed the "Fake News Media" for their "total fiction" reports - and accused the mainstream press of hoping for a confrontation between the two countries.
Trump has faced criticism from both Democrats and Republicans about his handling of the Helsinki summit with Putin on Monday.
Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, says that President Trump is "certainly not careful in his words" amid confusion over the president's views on Russian interference in the 2016 election and his apparent support of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki summit.
Time magazine on Thursday unveiled its latest cover featuring a composite photo of President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin morphed into one person.
"We will see how things develop further", Mr Putin said, evoking unnamed "forces" in the United States trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".
"President Trump asked (national security adviser John Bolton) to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway", Sanders tweeted Thursday, hours after Trump tweeted he is "looking forward" to meeting again with Putin to "begin implementing" issues they discussed during their summit earlier this week.
"Of course, it remains to be seen how the situation will develop, especially given that certain forces in America are trying to belittle and undermine the results of the meeting", he added.
President Donald Trump is taking a tougher tone on Russian Federation. But I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.
The White House is facing further criticism for not ruling out a Russian proposal to question USA citizens accused by the Kremlin of "illegal activities".
Trump later said he had misspoken, and the White House has been struggling to contain a political outcry and confusion over the summit ever since.
To represent that conflict, Burson merged the faces of Trump and Putin into a still image and video which morphs between the shifting appearances of the two world leaders. -Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War", but that the meeting with Trump allowed them to start on "the path to positive change". I think that the United States has been foolish. "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country".
We see that there are forces in the United States that put their narrow party interests higher than national ones, Putin says Moscow, on July 19, 2018. "He views this problem entirely through a political lens, these people say, unable or unwilling to differentiate between the question of whether his campaign colluded with Russia-which he denies-and the question of whether Russian Federation attempted to influence the election".
According to a report by Vanity Fair, Kelly was furious following Trump's performance in the summit and exerted pressure on the president to take back his statements.
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