TIME cover morphs Donald Trump into Vladimir Putin

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Amid the backlash, the president later said he misspoke when he cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial of Russian meddling - despite the conclusions by U.S. intelligence services. On Wednesday, Trump answered "no" to a reporter's question on whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, only to have Sanders say later he was saying "no" to answering any questions - not to the question itself. "In a key sentence in my remarks I said the word "would" instead of "wouldn't", a back-pedaling Trump told reporters.

Putin first proposed swapping officials for questioning at a Monday summit with Trump in Helsinki, offering to make Russian authorities indicted in Mueller's probe available for questioning - but only if the United States also granted Russian officials similar access to current and former American officials.

The US president was accused of "treasonous" behaviour during a news conference with his Russian counterpart in Finland, in which he contradicted his own intelligence officials over alleged meddling by Moscow in the election that put him in the White House. In a press conference afterwards though, Trump embraced a view pressed by Russian Federation for years that the USA shares the blame for the state of bad relations with Moscow and lashed out at the US special counsel investigation into whether there had been collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election.

The US leader later said he misspoke when he appeared to take Putin's denial of interference at face value and said he accepted the US intelligence community's view that Moscow sought to influence the 2016 vote.

Trump asserted Wednesday at the White House that no other American president has been as tough on Russian Federation.

This would include Michael McFaul, a former USA ambassador to Moscow, who has gotten on the wrong side of the Kremlin by criticizing Russia's human rights record.

"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.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Russian ambassadors and representatives to global organisations in Moscow, Russia, July 19, 2018.

"President Trump asked [national security adviser John Bolton] to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussion are already underway", Sanders wrote on Twitter on July 19. But that is the president's prerogative, ' Coats said. At the time, White House officials worked to convince a skeptical president that the Nordic capital would serve as a more effective backdrop - and warned of a firestorm should a West Wing meeting go through.

Mr Trump has faced fierce criticism for contradicting his own intelligence agencies by refusing to blame Russian Federation for meddling in the 2016 election.

'I think we will learn more.

The last time a Russian presidential visit happened was in June 2010 when then-president Barack Obama met with President Dmitry Medvedev.

Of greatest interest to Western observers will likely be videos showing Mr Putin's nuclear-powered cruise missile - now being called Burevestnik, which has meanings ranging from "storm-bringer" and "thunderbird" to "petrel" - and the Avangard ground-launched hypersonic missile. He just said it's not Russian Federation. -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". The president later told CBS that he holds Putin responsible for the election interference.

A year ago the Washington Post revealed that a cover of Mr Trump which he had hanging at seven of his golf courses was a fake.

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