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Report: Trump fawned over Putin after meeting, said he was strong, smart, cunning

Report: Trump fawned over Putin after meeting, said he was strong, smart, cunning

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands during a joint press conference in Helsinki, Finland.

President Donald Trump reportedly fawned over Russian President Vladimir Putin to his aides after they met for a high stakes summit in Helsinki last week.

Trump stunned observers when, during a press conference after the Helsinki summit, he refused to denounce Putin, declined to hold Russia accountable for its interference in the 2016 election, and suggested the FBI was part of a conspiracy to underine his election victory.

"I think I did great at the news conference," Trump told CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor Wednesday amid harsh blowback from lawmakers, intelligence veterans, and even some of his own allies.

After he left Helsinki, Trump reportedly grew frustrated with the negative media coverage of what he thought was a successful summit, complaining to aides there was not enough focus on the responsibility the Democratic National Committee had in the hacking of its servers.

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