President Donald Trump said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "even better" than meeting NATO allies last week, according to The Washington Post.
Trump sent an early morning tweet on Tuesday which blamed media coverage for the negative views of the conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, even though both Democrats and Republicans lambasted Trump for his statements during the meeting.
“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia.” Trump wrote. “Sadly, it is not being reported that way - the Fake News is going Crazy!”
During the press conference after a two-hour private meeting between the two leaders, Trump did not challenge Putin's claim that Russia played no role in attempting to meddle during the 2016 presidential election, even though the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers last Friday.
Trump's actions sparked a massive outcry from both Republicans and Democrats, some in his own party were even calling for him to take immediate action to publicly embrace the U.S. intelligence findings of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Trump had to "speak out about it, and he's got to reverse course immediately. The optics of this situation are a disaster."