Putin Accuses 'Powerful' US Forces of Trying to Derail Trump Summit Success

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 skilful cover, unveiled on Thursday, combines the features of both leaders into a disturbing composite picture, with the headline The Summit Crisis.

Russian President Vladimir Putin accused "powerful" forces within the United States of trying to sabotage ties between Moscow and Washington in the wake of a controversial summit with USA counterpart Donald Trump.

Russian officials have singled out McFaul, the US ambassador to Russia from 2012-14, and fellow Kremlin critic Bill Browder.

President Donald Trump spoke to members of the media as he met with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, in Washington.

'It should have been obvious, I thought it would have been obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn't.

Trump, facing a political uproar over his failure to confront Putin during their Helsinki summit on Monday over Russia's 2016 USA election meddling, adopted his usual defiant posture, calling his critics deranged. "He needs to be contained, not engaged", Browder said.

"The administration is not going to send, force Americans to travel to Russian Federation to be interrogated by Vladimir Putin and his team", Pompeo said.

President Donald Trump today denied Russian Federation is still targeting the United States, a claim sharply at odds with recent warnings from his top intelligence chief about ongoing threats to election security. "It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome!"

Trump later said he had misspoken and accused "some people" of hating the fact that he got along with Putin.

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. "We are doing MUCH better than any other country!"

Asked by a journalist before a morning Cabinet meeting whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Mr Trump looked at the reporter, shook his head and said, "No".

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers grappled with Trump's conflicting statements about the summit as well as what they did not know: exactly what the two leaders discussed in their private meeting and what agreements, if any, were reached.

Putin told Russian diplomats Thursday that U.S.

Russian politicians are rallying behind Mr Putin and shrugging off Mr Trump's accounts of what he said to Mr Putin at Monday's summit.

"The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.' Sort of a double negative", he added.

Controversy has raged over the summit, with Mr Trump having to correct his own words from the press conference. McFaul was USA ambassador to Russian Federation when President Barack Obama signed the Magnitsky Act into law, imposing harsh sanctions that Browder and McFaul supported.

Ms Sanders explanation of Mr Trump's "No" was the second time since Monday's summit that Mr Trump and the White House have blamed a misstatement or misunderstanding for the furor over Russian Federation.

However, he said "powerful" USA forces were trying to sabotage what the summit had achieved.

Amid bipartisan condemnation of Trump's embrace of a longtime USA enemy in Helsinki, the US president delivered a rare admission of error Tuesday.

While Trump's position on Russian interference has shifted repeatedly in recent days, some in Trump's party signalled they had had enough of his wrecking ball diplomacy and sought to take steps to box him in. "Today, the digital infrastructure that serves this country is literally under attack". He cited USA sanctions and the expulsion of alleged Russian spies from the US, telling reporters that Putin "understands it, and he's not happy about it".

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