Another Putin Summit? Trump Tweet Drops a Hint

Says he looks forward to it, again criticizes negative media coverage
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2018 10:21 AM CDT
Trump Hints at 2nd Summit With Putin
President Trump speaks during a meeting with members of his Cabinet Wednesday. Looking on is Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Tired of hearing about the Trump-Putin summit? Round two might be in the works, according to a tweet from President Trump. "I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed," he wrote. Trump then ticked off some of those topics: terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear arms, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, and North Korea. "There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems...but they can ALL be solved!" he wrote. White House officials didn't immediately clarify whether a second meeting is being scheduled, reports Politico. Trump again called the meeting a "great success" and lashed out at naysayers, as Putin himself had done hours earlier in a Thursday speech in Moscow.

“We will see how things go, as some forces in America are trying to belittle and disavow the results of the Helsinki meeting,” Putin said. “We see that there are forces in the United States ready to sacrifice Russian- American relations for their own domestic political ambitions.” Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that senior US military officials remain unclear about exactly what Trump agreed to in the one-on-one meeting. Things are so murky that congressional Democrats have called for the US interpreter who was present to testify on Capitol Hill, a decision that a State Department spokesperson says has not been made because "no formal request" has been presented. The very suggestion has angered Russian politicians, reports the AP. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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