Trump, Putin Morph Into Same Person On Time Magazine Cover

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US President Donald Trump has said he looks forward to his second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, insisting that the first meeting was a success despite widespread criticism at home and overseas.

Trump tried to walk back his statement that he supported Putin's denial of Russian interference over the findings of US intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled, but followed up that action with a series of tweets that blamed the "fake news" for reporting "total fiction" on the situation.

Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the U.S. government "halfway". Just days after a meeting with Putin in what many feel was Trump's biggest presidential faux pas, Time is digging in even harder, going quite literal with the perceived blurred lines between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We can see forces in the United States, which would easily sacrifice Russian-American relationship for the sake of their ambitions in domestic political struggle in America", he said.

McConnell says intelligence assessments are clear that Russian leader Vladimir Putin "ordered an influence campaign".

"Certain forces are trying to disavow the results of the meeting in Helsinki", and hamper progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the war in Syria, Putin said.

"I won't speculate on other things that we might do or might be done outside of CENTCOM here but for us, steady as she goes", Votel said.

"Well I would, because he's in charge of the country", he said.

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Since Trump's press conference with Putin on Monday, the White House has scrambled to keep Trump's message on Russian interference in the 2016 election accurate.

Much of the outrage stemmed from one comment Mr Trump made when he appeared alongside Mr Putin on Monday. Moments before the vote, the White House rebuked its openness to Putin's offer.

That moment is ripe with confusion about Trump's relationship with Russian Federation. "I think it's outrageous".

"I have not asked for that at this point, and we'll see what direction comes down". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed later in the day that Trump was saying "no" to answering additional questions.

"Absolutely. I'm quite sure that, you know, the Finns did", Clapper said.

Graham said Trump was right to criticize previous administrations for their handling of Russian Federation. Still, Trump backtracked on whether Russian Federation is now targeting USA elections.

U.S. Central Command head Gen. Joseph Votel earlier Thursday told reporters that any U.S. military coordination with the Russian military in Syria would require congressional approval or a waiver. But he says Trump "is not making the problem better".