In the wake of President Trump's Monday press conference in Helsinki with Vladimir Putin, some current and former figures in the intelligence community condemned his remarks. But other people lavished praise, at least according to the president, who on Wednesday tweeted, "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 went on to describe his meeting with Putin as one that will ultimately bear more fruit than his NATO meeting in Brussels, which was itself an "acknowledged triumph."
He indicated some of that fruit would be North Korea-flavored, tweeting, "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!" Roughly an hour later, he returned once more to the topic, tweeting, "Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!" The Washington Post characterized the tweets as a "fresh defense" of the summit just one day after he tried to calm the backlash by saying he misspoke during that press conference. (Read more President Trump stories.)