18 Jul 2018

Donald Trump furiously defends meeting with Vladimir Putin but backtracks on comments

Donald Trump has furiously defended his Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin, denouncing “haters” who he accused of “Trump Derangement Syndrome”.

It’s just a day after he claimed he had “misspoken” when he appeared to back Mr Putin’s denial of any Russian interference in US elections – comments which provoked outrage from all sides, including leading Republicans, even accusations of treason.

Today, asked directly if Russia was still targeting the US, the President answered “no”.