21 July, 2018
"The composite image, by visual artist Nancy Burson, is meant to represent this particular moment in USA foreign policy, following the pair's recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland", Time said in a statement.
"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 the course of an internal political battle in the United States", said Putin.
"We will see how things develop further", Putin said, evoking those in the USA trying to prevent any improvement in relations and "putting narrow party interests above the national interest".
Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said this week he continues to wonder whether the Russians have compromising information on Trump.
While he and Trump seem to be cut from the same cloth, they come from very different worlds.
Pushing back against criticism of first meeting, Trump accused the news media of trying to provoke a confrontation with Moscow that could lead to war, although concerns about the summit have been raised by a broad cross-section of Republicans and Democrats. "So, certainly, as the leader of a country, you would have to hold him responsible, yes".
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Trump appeared to accept Putin's denial of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, sparking uproar in Washington.
The White House retreated from what Trump had called Putin's "incredible offer" during the Helsinki summit, revising its position just before the Senate voted overwhelmingly against the plan.
"Well I would, because he's in charge of the country", he said. When asked by a reporter Tuesday if Russian Federation was continuing to target the U.S., Trump replied, "No". "But no one expected that", Putin said.
"As Brian Bennett writes in this week's cover story, 'A year and a half into his presidency, Trump's puzzling affinity for Putin has yet to be explained".
Putin had both good and bad things to say about Trump in a broad speech about foreign policy.
The Russian leader praised Mr Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, but slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities. The New York Times later reported, and the former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed to CNN, that Trump was briefed on specific USA intelligence indicating that Putin personally ordered the 2016 Russian influence campaign. "The President was aiming towards creating a channel for communication and dialogue, and he achieved that", he said, adding he would be "very surprised" if a transcript from the meeting was released. "No big decisions are made without Putin and all of that was laid out".
Talk of a second Trump-Putin meeting comes days after the two leaders met one-on-one for two hours in Finland. "It is ridiculous what's going on with the probe", he said referring to the special counsel investigation.