In the span of three quick tweets from Vietnam early Sunday, Trump defended his meeting with Russian President Putin and hit back at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He said he didn't meddle, ' Trump said.
Several rounds of UN-sponsored talks between the Syrian government and the opposition have so far failed to bring an end to a civil war that has left many parts of the country in ruins over the past six and a half years.
"He seems very susceptible to rolling out the red carpet and honor guards and all the trappings and pomp and circumstance that come with the office, and I think that appeals to him, and I think it plays to his insecurities", Clapper said.
Also included in his remarks were a condemnation of former FBI director James Comey, former CIA director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. "Russia is ready to turn the page and move on".
Those comments drew sharp criticism in Washington, where Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the president understands the truth about Russian interference, and is simply choosing to accept Putin's denials "over the solid evidence of our own intelligence agencies".
Trump has repeatedly denied any coordination with Russia.
He called the accusation an 'artificial barrier' put up by Democrats - once again casting doubt on the US intelligence community's conclusion that Russia tried to interfere in the election to help Mr Trump beat his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.
"This is nothing more than business".
Following the brief talks in Vietnam, Putin and Trump issued a joint statement in which they agreed to support a political reconciliation in Syria, while maintaining the existing two-nation communication channels used to fight Islamic State. "Putin is committed to undermining our system, our democracy and our whole process".
Clapper said, "It's very clear that the Russians interfered in the election, and it's still puzzling as to why Mr. Trump does not acknowledge that and embrace it and also push hard against Mr. Putin".
And in separate comments, President Donald Trump told reporters of Putin, "We'll have a meeting". "President Trump is not getting played by anybody".