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Amid uproar, Trump says he's 'looking forward' to second meeting with Putin

President Trump announced on Thursday that he's looking forward to a second meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin. (Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

President Trump has faced harsh criticism following his meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. But on Thursday, the leader of the free world said another visit between himself and the Kremlin was in the works.

What did he say?

Via Twitter, the president declared that "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 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!"

What's the uproar about?

Media figures and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have lobbed criticism toward the US president for holding a joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, during which Trump expressed doubt over the claims of US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz,) and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper were part of the chorus condemning Trump's handling of the Summit. But Sen. Rand Paul defended the president, saying the frenzy over his meeting with Putin stemmed from "Trump derangement syndrome."

And President Trump remains undeterred, telling the press on Thursday, that "there's never been a president as tough as I have been on Russia....I think President Putin understands that better than anybody.

One last thing…
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