U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said his summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday went even better than last week’s NATO meet in Brussels.
“While I had a great meeting with NATO, raising vast amounts of money, I had an even better meeting with Vladimir Putin of Russia. Sadly, it is not being reported that way — the Fake News is going Crazy!,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
Mr. Trump has championed better ties with Russia amid an investigation into allegations that his campaign was aided by the Kremlin. While Russia is widely seen as America’s primary rival by its professional strategists, support for better ties are on the rise among Mr. Trump’s supporters. According to a Gallop poll last week, 40% of Republicans say Russia is an ally or friendly, up from 22% in 2014.
Among Democrats, 25% say the same compared to 28% in 2014. Among all Americans, 31% say Russia is an ally or friendly to the U.S.
Some experts are optimistic about the meet. Matthew Bunn, Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Centre said: “The Trump-Putin summit may have opened windows of opportunity for some areas of cooperation that would serve American and world security interests.” Both presidents emphasised the importance of working together to stop jihadist terrorism, stop nuclear proliferation, and control the dangers of existing nuclear arsenals
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