UPDATE: President Putin has been invited to visit the United States.
In Helsinki, @POTUS agreed to ongoing working level dialogue between the two security council staffs. President Trump asked @Ambjohnbolton to invite President Putin to Washington in the fall and those discussions are already underway.— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) July 19, 2018
Under a barrage of criticism from the left and the right over how he handled a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, President Trump announced Thursday morning he plans to hold a second meeting with the Kremlin leader.
The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media. I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed, including stopping terrorism, security for Israel, nuclear........— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
....proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, Ukraine, Middle East peace, North Korea and more. There are many answers, some easy and some hard, to these problems...but they can ALL be solved!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 19, 2018
During an interview with CBS News Wednesday night, Trump said he holds Putin accountable for attacks on the U.S. election system in 2016.
JUST IN: @realDonaldTrump tells @jeffglor he holds Putin personally responsible for Russian election meddling.— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) July 18, 2018
"Because he’s in charge of the country. Just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country," Trump says in a @CBSEveningNews interview
During the White House briefing Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump addressed the issue of election meddling with Putin during their meeting in Helsinki and warned against it happening again.
"The President has made clear to Vladimir Putin that he should stay out of US elections," she said.