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Putin has signaled in the wake of his summit with Trump that he and the US President reached several agreements, but neither Trump nor the White House have confirmed any substantive agreements between the two countries.

"I got severely criticized by the Fake News Media for being too nice to President Putin", Trump tweeted.

The development followed growing criticisms over the Trump's relationship with Putin following their summit in Helsinki on Monday. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed".

What reaction is there to the planned Putin visit?

"Well, you're right, I don't know what happened at that meeting", Coats said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told Bloomberg that "some new ideas were discussed" in Helsinki and "they will be worked on", but he refused to go into detail about what Putin had said about Ukraine at the summit.

He added that he did not yet know what Mr Trump and Mr Putin discussed during their meeting, at which only their interpreters were also present.

Asked about it during a news conference in Berlin on Friday, Merkel said she was "pleased whenever there is a meeting" between the United States and Russian Federation.

During a post-summit news conference on Monday, the president seemed to favor Putin's denials over the USA intelligence community's assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the election in order to benefit Trump. As if to underline that point, plans are already under way for a sequel - this time in Washington DC.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said that meeting may come this fall.

"We say to Trump, instead of showing us your strength by tearing children from their families, where was your strength in standing up to Putin and Russian Federation for undermining American democracy?"

This was the week when "would" turned into "wouldn't" and "no" meant "yes", as President Donald Trump and his top aides tried to walk back several of his comments on Russian Federation and the Federal Reserve.

Michael McFaul was the target of a smear campaign by Putin during his time in Russian Federation that accused him, among other things, of being a pedophile. With his base still behind him, Mr Trump appears ready to press on with his efforts.

Trump's administration has sought to control the damage from their private meeting and news conference Monday in Helsinki, where Trump astonished the world and drew sharp criticism at home by siding with Putin over US intelligence agencies on Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election.

"It's not going to happen", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed late Thursday.

Five days after the two-hour Helsinki meeting, attended only by the two leaders and their interpreters, some USA officials remained in the dark about what was discussed.

He said the problem is one that dates back to the Soviet era, adding he believes some are now trying to make it a partisan issue. But then he appears to change his mind, telling reporters "we're doing very well" and that "there's been no president ever as tough as I have been on Russian Federation".

"Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russian Federation is a positive, not a negative", Trump said. Obama didn't do it. Obama was a patsy for Russian Federation.

Taking a complete U-turn on election meddling, Trump on Wednesday blamed Putin for Moscow's alleged attempts in interfering in the 2016 election.

The Bloomberg report cited two people who attended a closed-door speech by Putin to Russian diplomats on July 19. Coats seemingly first learned of the invitation during a Thursday interview with NBC News. A special counsel is also investigating whether Trump campaign aides coordinated with Russian officials, which Trump denies.


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