Russian President Vladimir Putin called his first summit with President Donald Trump a success - but warned Thursday that Trump's opponents in the us are hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war.
"The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media", he twittered on Thursday.
Standing next to Putin inside Finland's presidential palace, Trump failed to support the collective finding of his own intelligence agencies that Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election.
"Yesterday, the president once again reaffirmed his commitment to combat Russian meddling", said co-host Steve Doocy introducing both a clip from Trump's interview Wednesday night with CBS, and the premise that the President has been all over this all along.
Trump surprised some United States defense officials by asserting while standing next to Putin, that the United States and Russian militaries "do coordinate in Syria" and that they both got along "probably better than our political leaders".
In his first public comments about the summit, Mr Putin told Russian diplomats that US-Russian relations are "in some ways worse than during the Cold War".
Having Donald Trump in the White House is looking increasingly like a liability for the Kremlin, rather than an asset. "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!" the U.S. president tweeted on Thursday.
The White House is facing further criticism for not ruling out a Russian proposal to question United States citizens accused by the Kremlin of "illegal activities".
Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, expressed hope Thursday that "the verbal agreements between Putin and Trump will be fulfilled".
"We see that there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations, to sacrifice them for their ambitions in an internal political battle in the United States". They spoke one-on-one for more than two hours and then held expanded negotiations.
Few details about what was discussed or agreed upon by Trump and Putin at a one-on-one session at the summit, with only translators present, have emerged.
"Trump's behaviour was a total disaster for long-term prospects of the normalization of the U.S. -Russia relationship", said Alexander Gabuev of the Carnegie Moscow Center.
He added that US legal restrictions imposed in response to Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014 provide no room for military-to-military coordination or collaboration with Russian Federation. This was definitely outrageous, and Trump had to find his way around this mess, which is why he claims that he misspoke in Helsinki and that he had, in fact, meant to say he didn't see "any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation", indicating that he gave the benefit of the doubt to his own people, and not to Russia's president. "I wanted to create answers to unasked questions", says Burson, about the origins of her artistic process, "like what would it look like if you put six men and six women together?"
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.