President Donald Trump openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' firm finding that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election to his benefit.
While Donald Trump went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, Vladimir Putin came home to universal praise in Moscow.
President Trump has predicted the "easiest" leg of his journey to Europe will be his scheduled sit-down with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."
Putin lavished praise on Trump, but added that he was sorely disappointed with the U.S. political system, saying that it has been "eating itself up."
President Trump said nothing Monday in response to Russia's planned expulsion of hundreds of American diplomats, announced over the weekend by President Vladimir Putin.
Moscow defends North Korea in a way that's designed to get both the Russian public and the international community to see Russia as a great power.