US President Donald Trump on Twitter wrote about his meeting with Vladimir Putin and promised great results. Trump added that the fact that he got along with Putin made his haters angry.
So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed many important subjects at our earlier meeting. We got along well which truly bothered many haters who wanted to see a boxing match. Big results will come!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Donald Trump noted that in the long term his meeting with Putin could be more productive than the NATO summit, which the president attended before coming to Helsinki.
While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success. Many positive things will come out of that meeting..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Also, Trump pointed out the role of Russia in the settlement of the North Korean issue.
Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along. There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018
Meanwhile, the US president, when asked whether Russia was still targeting the US, said "no" and shook his head; however, the White House later clarified that this was the way Trump had refused to answer the question.
The next day, however, Trump told reporters that he had not meant that, assuring that he accepts the intelligence community's conclusions that Russian meddling did take place.