President Trump will make remarks about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at 2 p.m. at the start of his meeting with members of Congress, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.
You can watch President Trump’s remarks on the Putin summit on CNN or Fox News.
In the “1600 Daily” — a daily briefing published by the official White House website — the White House said that President Trump “continued a proud American tradition on the world stage.”
America has no illusions when it comes to Russia. President Trump directly addressed the issue of Russian interference in U.S. elections with President Putin, and the Trump Administration has implemented a range of tough sanctions on Russian individuals and entities.
“The disagreements between our two countries are well known,” President Trump said. “But if we’re going to solve many of the problems facing our world, then we’re going to have to find ways to cooperate.”
Following Trump’s comments in Helsinki, House Speaker Paul Ryan released the following statement:
There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world. That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.
Sources told CNN that President Trump is “surprised at the fierce criticism of Putin news conference.”
This article will be updated with President Trump’s statement once they become available.