Trump expects ‘big results’ from Helsinki summit

US President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington US

US President Donald Trump listens during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington US

The White House says President Trump opposes a proposal floated by Russian President Vladimir Putin that would allow Russia to interview American officials in exchange for making Russian authorities indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe available for questioning.

Putin said after a summit with Trump in Helsinki on Monday that he might be willing to let U.S. Justice Department investigators question 12 Russians charged with interfering with the 2016 U.S. election if the United States agreed to let Russian investigators question several U.S. citizens. "Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country", he said.

Trump referred to the European Union as "a foe" on trade matters in an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday.

He later said he had misspoken at the summit.

"It was successful overall and led to some useful agreements.

It is why I believe we are at a critical point", Coats said on Friday.

"Certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", and hamper progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the war in Syria, Putin said.

President Donald Trump is slamming the media on Twitter Thursday as his administration remains engulfed in a political firestorm from his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Putin chides Trump's opponents, calls summit a success
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to testify before the Senate next week about the summit. Later, Ms Vega tweeted that the president had been looking directly at her when he answered.

Trump has come under widespread domestic criticism about the meeting.

The press conference in Helsinki was one of the "most disgraceful performances" by an American president in memory, Republican Senator John McCain had said.

The White House earlier said it would consider it but now says Mr Trump "disagrees" with the suggestion. The one-on-one meeting between Putin and Trump lasted more than two hours, later delegation members joined the presidents for a working lunch. Sanders added that Trump "said it was an interesting idea".

He also lashed out at Europe and US-dominated North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, saying Russian Federation would hit back with an "equivalent response" to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation bases near Russia's borders and other "aggressive steps", but did not elaborate on his comments.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll this week found that despite a firestorm of media criticism, Mr Trump's Finland summit had no real impact on his overall approval ratings.

Back in Washington, Trump has backtracked, saying he accepts that Russia meddled in the election, but coupling his assessment with his repeated declaration that his campaign did not collude with Russian operatives. Pompeo is to publicly testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on July 25.

During a news conference after Monday's summit, Mr Trump was asked about alleged Russian meddling in the United States election.

Putin has denied allegations of election interference.

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