But he is still avoiding the question of whether he accepts Putin's denial that Russia was responsible for meddling in the 2016 election.
He added: "We negotiated a ceasefire in parts of Syria which will save lives". Figuring prominently in the gallery of detested subjects: Trump, Putin, wealth inequalities and climate change.
But AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, blamed House Democrats for holding up the bill unnecessarily. How would the handshake between Russia's Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump pan out? "TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next", he tweeted. Eric Trump denies saying that. Or it can declare mission accomplished, agree to oversee the security of zones near the borders with its core allies, Israel and Jordan, and leave most of Syria to Assad, said Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. Trump later named Flynn national security advisor. Just like Putin has done in Russia.
"There is no basis to think that Russia interfered in the election process". In August, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone warned that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta faced his "time in the barrel" soon.
I see no other reasonable interpretation of that tweet. U.S. officials have not pushed back on that account.
Correction: This article has been updated to clarity the source of the information on the discussion between Trump and Putin.
President Trump has said that his foreign policy will be based on "principled realism". The first to spot the backlash against the apparent block on Saturday was the China Digital Times, a California-based counter-censorship website.
Ashley Etienne, a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, said that Democrats have been demanding for weeks, to no avail, that the House Republican leadership bring the sanctions bill to the floor for a vote. She also declared that holding some talks to Russia should never mean that the United States "take our eyes off the ball". But Trump praised Flynn, recommending he seek legal immunity from an investigative "witch hunt" led by the FBI. "Nobody really knows. Nobody really knows for sure".
America is under sustained, possibly even accelerated, attack by a foreign power, the same one that attacked our election, and Trump not only wavers on the source of the attack, but also refuses to condemn the culprit and in fact has a penchant for praising him. Trump is full of lies and Putin is full of tricks.
Then came a barrage of questions about Donald Jr.'s newly reported meeting with the Russians, which negated, as CBS's Major Garrett noted, the White House's "long history of blanket denials" that there had been campaign contacts with the Russians.
But that's not true. The Senate agrees. That chamber recently passed, nearly unanimously, a robust sanctions package that would codify President Obama's sanctions and expand them, taking direct aim at Russia's (intertwined) defense and energy sectors. Bush's former White House ethics lawyer, Richard Painter, said the meeting might even constitute treason.
Trump said that Putin "vehemently denied" the conclusions of American intelligence agencies that Russian hackers and propagandists tried to sway the election in Trump's favor.
Of course it's a ridiculous idea. "And that's exactly what he's doing".