Trump says “U.S. stupidity” ruined ties with Russia

Jul 16, 2018, 7:26 AM EDT
U.S. President Donald Trump's remarks might put Russia in advantage ahead of the summit.
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President Donald Trump took a potshot at American politicians on Monday as he blamed his predecessor’s “foolishness and stupidity” for strained ties with Moscow just hours ahead of a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump’s tweet, criticizing U.S. domestic forces and a “rigged” inquiry into the alleged Russian interference in 2016 presidential election, has alarmed White House advisers who fear the remark may put Moscow at advantage at the summit in Helsinki, writes the BBC.

Trump’s apparent refusal to hold Russia accountable for its “malign” activities, from annexation of Crimea to meddling with Western elections, drew flak at home with his 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton asking him, “Do you know which team you play for?” notes Reuters.