Unlike his rhetoric, Trump's Russian Federation policy has actually been a dramatic improvement over that of his predecessor. The president's "America first" approach to foreign policy left him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting allies and sowing doubts about his commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.
The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage.
At one point, as Trump said he had "full faith" in US intelligence agencies, the lights went out.
This statement comes after Mr Trump took to Twitter to lambast previous administrations for frosty US-Russia relations. I want to focus on how we're going to ratchet down tensions.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined the chorus of lawmakers pushing back on Trump's performance in Helsinki but was careful not to openly criticize the president.
For days before his meeting in Helsinki, Trump's aides had cautioned him to be careful in his exchanges with Putin.
"My people came to me, Dan Coats [the director of national intelligence] came to me and some others, they said they think it's Russian Federation".
Trump received backlash following the summit after several Republicans and Democrats in Congress felt that he missed the opportunity to firmly hold Putin accountable for meddling in the 2016 election and delivering a strong warning for future elections. They seemed aimed at sending a clear message both to Trump and the Europeans.
He then accused the media of covering the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting "quite inaccurately" and doubled down on pressuring the members of the defense alliance to raise their spending targets.
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As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner. The summit ended in a whiplash-inducing proclamation from the president that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was stronger than ever as he claimed he'd secured new commitments to defense spending, which those present later disputed.
Democrats, meanwhile, reacted with derision to Trump's attempted clean-up on Tuesday.
But Trump attempted to keep the atmosphere upbeat, saying: 'Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing.
TRUMP, reading from a statement, on his intelligence officials on Tuesday: "I accept our intelligence community conclusion that Russian Federation meddling ... took place" and the "sentence should have been I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russian Federation".
It is no secret that the president has desired to foster a relationship with Putin as a step to resolving problematic issues worldwide.
"The president must appreciate that Russian Federation is not our ally", Ryan said.
Trump said that Russian Federation sacrificed tens of million of its own people in the service of the Allied Powers, which included the United States, during World War II. The special counsel's continuing Russia investigation has laid out a detailed trail of attempts and successes by Russians to steal Democratic Party and Clinton campaign communications and to leak embarrassing emails and documents.
"And it's really hard to believe that if it was a simple mistake, one that caused this global uproar, why did the White House leave it for 24 hours before clarifying it when it could have been done in the immediate aftermath of the press conference?".
"It's clear that the Russians have done interference in the US elections and they will do more such interference because it was".