Trump has often said that the USA getting along with Russian Federation is "not a bad thing", but Rubio countered that Putin is "not interested" in developing a better relationship with the U.S. "A prosecutor announced an indictment three days ago of Russian spies for hacking into Democratic Party networks". Special Counsel Robert Mueller is probing that allegation and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign. People have seen that and they've seen that strongly. Putin echoed the comment saying that the United States could help Russian Federation by assuming leadership on the humanitarian task of helping displaced Syrians return to their homes.
He said Russian Federation "did meddle with our elections" and that he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.
The morning after in the United Kingdom, the Daily Mirror tabloid newspaper ran coverage of the summit on its front page, labeling Trump "Putin's poodle" and quoting former CIA Director and career intelligence officer John Brennan who described the US President's performance as "nothing short of treasonous". "I just think it's better for them to be on the inside, particularly trying to provide at least some degree of discipline for this president". Vladimir Putin is not our friend and never has been. Vladimir Putin does not share our values.
Trump added: "Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years". Mr. Trump made those comments at the beginning of a meeting with members of Congress, reiterating his insistence that getting along with Russian Federation is a desirable thing. "The United States must be focused on holding Russian Federation accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy".
"I understand the desire and the need to have good relations. I thought that I made myself very clear" having reviewed the transcript.
He faces bipartisan skepticism in Washington that his desire for warming ties is displacing concerns over Russia's annexation of Crimea and other destabilizing actions.
"Europe and China, America and Russian Federation, today in Beijing and in Helsinki, are jointly responsible for improving the world order, not for destroying it", he tweeted. They did it to France, they're doing it to the Baltics. But Mr Trump's hold on the GOP is being put to the test by his willingness to align with Mr Putin, a leader whom Republicans routinely describe as an enemy of the United States.
Trump's repeated warm words for Russian Federation were a marked contrast from the past week when he repeatedly rebuked traditional US allies at a summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and a visit to Britain. John McCain, which said "the damage inflicted by President Trump... is hard to calculate", Colbert took his best shot at the math, whipping out an actual calculator and punching in Trump's "egotism, plus naiveté, times false equivalence".