At a post-summit news conference in Helsinki that generated a political crisis for Trump, the president said Putin was "strong" in denyingRussian election interference, and he seemed to take Putin's word over that of USA intelligence officials who are pursuing criminal charges against Russian operatives.
Foreign policy analysts also pushed back on Trump's view that the only alternative to a "good" relationship with Putin is war.
The White House, with Trump under fierce criticism in the United States, did on Thursday reject Putin's proposal that Russian authorities be present for the questioning of Americans it accuses of "illegal activities", including a former USA ambassador to Moscow.
"Look, the fact is we got along well", Trump said in the interview, which was taped on Thursday.
Putin has also described the summit as "successful" but warned "there are forces in the United States that are prepared to casually sacrifice Russian-US relations". The artist behind the cover, Nancy Burson, said she hopes it causes readers to reflect on the similarities between the two leaders.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported that Putin also made proposals to Trump involving eastern Ukraine, citing Russia's ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov.
However, the U.S. president seemed unfazed by the criticism.
Coats recently pointed to Russian Federation as the most aggressive foreign actor trying to disrupt the U.S. digital infrastructure and said the warning signs are "blinking red" on cyber attacks in advance of November's midterm elections.
A White House official who spoke on condition of anonymity did not specify if that included Russia's interference in USA elections.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he believes that Russian Federation will try to undermine democracies around the world for the foreseeable future.
Even Trump's director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said he did not know what happened in Helsinki.
The White House had earlier said it would consider the proposal, which Mr Trump called a "tremendous" gesture.
Had Trump asked him 'how that ought to be conducted, I would have suggested a different way, but that's not my role. "I want to make a deal.' I want to make a deal".
Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican and a vocal critic of Trump, had labelled his performance at the Helsinkipress conference as "shameful". Paul went on to claim Trump's critics are willing to risk a war rather than be diplomatic with Russian Federation. "What should we do?"
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Coats said he would have advised Trump not to meet with Putin alone and hoped Trump would have "made a different statement". Still, from Putin's perspective, the summit put Moscow and Washington on "the path to positive change".
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