President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants another meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed in Helsinki, casting the summit as a starting point for progress on a number of shared concerns.
Russia's ambassador to the US, Anatoly Antonov, also expressed hope Thursday that "the verbal agreements between Putin and Trump will be fulfilled", NBC News reported.
Sanders said Putin's proposal was "made in sincerity", but Trump "disagrees with it".
Asked in Helsinki whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States for hacking Democratic Party computers, Putin said he could meet the USA government "halfway". First, he doubled down on a statement he released earlier in the week reiterating the intelligence community's finding that Russian Federation actively interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
The director of national intelligence says the intelligence community provides the "best information and fact-based assessments possible" for the president and policymakers on Russia's 'ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy'.
"... The path to positive changes has all the same begun", said Putin.
White House officials didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Asked whether he would extradite 12 Russian intelligence agents indicted in the United States last week for hacking Democratic Party computers, he said he could meet the USA government "halfway".
According to a White House transcript, he said: "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be". Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined comment on the details of what Putin said about Ukraine at the summit, saying only, "Some new ideas were discussed".
Antonov gave details of their discussions on arms control, but said the US has been reluctant to back Russia's proposals so far.
Instead, he called the summit a "great success" and said he was looking forward to the second meeting.
Trump's remarks during a joint press conference with Putin on Monday were widely condemned by both political parties. An animated version online shows President Trump fully transforming into Putin in about 15 seconds.
In a meeting at the Foreign Ministry with Russia's ambassadors to other countries, Putin warned them to "take to this into account" in dealing with the U.S.
"I bet that soccer ball's been looked at very carefully", Coats said, laughing.
In an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor Wednesday, President Trump was asked if he holds Putin personally responsible for meddling.
While he praised Trump's mediation efforts in North Korea, Putin slammed his decision to pull out of the worldwide accord curbing Iran's nuclear activities.
Within the (several) emojis in Hayden's response, he said: "I'm not laughing".
"That's not going to happen", U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBN News on Thursday.