Moscow signaled openness to another meeting between the two leaders, as Trump continued to face criticism over his first meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, where he seemed to accept Putin's denials of meddling in the 2016 election - despite findings by USA intelligence services.
"Russia was always open to such proposals", ambassador Anatoly Antonov said, The Associated Press reported. Trump said. "I want to know where is the server and what is the server saying?"
He cited Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denials of such interference. "Last summer, I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo". Trump asked in his Thursday tweet that included a video clip of Clinton's quote.
People were speculating whether Putin had some sort of leverage over Trump that was making him behave in this manner.
Trump has since offered differing answers to the same question.
But Trump made some adjustments to the written statement he read aloud, adding that the meddlers "could be other people also".
This ordeal was eclipsed Thursday by the announcement that Putin had been invited to the White House for a visit this fall.
"OK. That's gonna be special", he said.
President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday.
Another reporter shouts a question, and Trump says "thank you very much everybody". Califonia Rep. Jimmy Gomez said: "To side with Putin over U.S. intelligence is disgusting; to fail to defend the United States is on the verge of treason". Whether it is in his dealings with North Korea or the trade war with China, Trump has never been the one to show that he is afraid, but maybe that is not the case when it comes to Putin. One big moment was the departure of staff secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of spousal abuses by both of his ex-wives.
A White House National Security Council spokesman said later the United States on Friday rejected a proposal from Russian Federation for a referendum to decide the fate of eastern Ukraine. The company found evidence of a fake Microsoft site being used for phishing attacks and was able to take down the page and hackers did not get in, said Tom Burt, vice president of customer security.
This week, the president did appear to accept some internal advice. (They told him afterwards that any journalist would have asked the same question at that point in the press conference.) Over the next few days, Trump then attempted a stunningly awful walk back, called the media the "real enemy" of the American people, and came up with some creative ways to double down and deliberately extend the whole mess.