While past presidents have had hard foreign trips and been criticized for their summits with Soviet leaders, Trump's behavior has few parallels, in the view of presidential historians and longtime Russian Federation watchers.
While meeting with members of Congress at the White House, Trump defined the trip as a "peace through strength" tour that boosted deliverables.
The president could have made the point that former U.S. Ambassador Jack Matlock made last week that the intelligence community had in fact only tentatively concluded that there was official Russian meddling of a very insignificant and ineffectual kind in the 2016 election. "Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!"
During a joint press conference in Helsinki with Putin, Trump said while he has "great confidence" in the USA intelligence community, Putin was "very powerful" in his denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election, comments that he attempted to walk back Tuesday. On Wednesday, he tweeted that he and Putin got along well, which "truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match".
In continuation of an extraordinary series of events leading up to and after the Helsinki Summit, Trump went on to claim that he misspoke when he appeared to take the Russian leader's denial of interference at face value.
Twenty-four hours and several times zones clear of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump now says he goofed up his words and he didn't really mean what he actually said at the infamous Helsinki summit press conference. "That must be the intelligence agencies", Trump joked.
Insisting he had won the race fair and square, Trump said Monday: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation".
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He backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russian Federation had interfered in the 2016 USA election. But that didn't explain why Trump waited so long to correct his remarks. And the scripted cleanup pertained only to the least defensible of his comments.
By taking sides with Putin over his own intelligence, Trump therefore deflected attention from the summit, in which the two leaders discussed a host of issues, including the nuclear arsenal of both countries, and foreign affairs, including Ukraine, Iran and Syria.
They also consider that the provisions of the White House do not protect domestic industry - Trump's excuse for the introduction of tariff rates - but they are a defense against competition.
"Everything is remaining. We're not lifting sanctions", Trump said. "We will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security".
When asked about the criticism that this resolution is largely symbolic and won't yield tangible results, Flake said the President has wide authority when it comes to foreign policy, but "you try to use whatever leverage you can".
At the Helsinki news conference, Trump cast doubt on the findings of the agencies. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
Asked by reporters whether Russian Federation was still targeting the United States, Trump shook his head and said, "No".