In a series of tweets early Wednesday morning, President Trump defended his widely-criticized performance in the Helsinki Summit joint press conference with Vladimir Putin and touted their meeting as a “great success.”
“So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “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!”
“While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success,” he added. “Many positive things will come out of that meeting. 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!”
After some tweets citing the country’s economic success under his leadership, Trump slammed his opponents, whom he said were suffering from “Trump Derangement Syndrome”: “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 night before, Trump responded to Rand Paul’s defense of his comments about the partisan nature of the intelligence community’s handling of the Russia investigation:
On Tuesday, Sen. Paul defended Trump and slammed Barack Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan for declaring Trump treasonous for his comments at the presser.
After backlash from both sides for some of his comments during the Helsinki press conference, Trump underscored on Tuesday that he had “full faith and support for America’s great intelligence agencies.”
“Let me be totally clear in saying … I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place,” he said. “Could be other people, also.”