Thursday 13 December 2018

Donald Trump says 'big results will come' with Putin and that Russia set to 'help with North Korea'

US President Donald Trump waits for reporters to leave the room after speaking to the media at the White House yesterday. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump waits for reporters to leave the room after speaking to the media at the White House yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Alison Williams and Lisa Lambert

US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he got on well with Russian President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Finland and "big results will come".

"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!" he said on Twitter.

"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," he tweeted.

The American President also said that Russia would help with North Korea and offered an enthusiastic update on the US process of negotiating with the antagonistic Asian nation over nuclear weapons.

"Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along," said Trump on Twitter. "There is no rush, the sanctions remain! Big benefits and exciting future for North Korea at end of process!"

Mr Trump sought on Tuesday to calm the storm over what critics said was his failure to hold Mr Putin accountable for what U.S intelligence agencies said was meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, saying he misspoke in the joint news conference in Helsinki.

Mr Trump on Monday shied away from criticising the Russian leader for Moscow's actions to undermine the election and cast doubt on U.S. intelligence agencies, prompting calls by some U.S. lawmakers for tougher sanctions and other actions to punish Russia. Mr Putin denies any Russian interference in the vote.

"I said the word 'would' instead of 'wouldn't,'" Mr Trump told reporters at the White House, more than 24 hours after his appearance with Vladimir Putin. "The sentence should have been, 'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.'"

President Trump hailed last week's NATO summit in Europe as victory for his tough stance of demanding the United States' European allies make big new defence spending pledges.

Reuters

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