President Trump had hits and misses on the world stage when he travelled abroad. He had his first summit with President Kim of North Korea. Many people saw that as a big success, certainly he did. He went to Brussels where he alienated allies. Stop in Britain where he alienated and had to apologize to the Prime Minister of Great Britain.
But the bigger story perhaps of the year in terms of his time abroad was when he met with president Putin at a big and controversial conference. Seemed to side with the Russian president over US intelligence agencies on whether Moscow intervened in the 2016 election.>> He just said it's not Russia.
I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be.>> Lots and lots of attention on that meeting, and then in the press conference, which I was in, and was one of the ones who got to ask a question. Just did not seem ready to criticize President Putin, to challenge President Putin.
>> Mr. President, you tweeted this morning that it's US foolishness, stupidity, and the Mueller probe that is responsible for the decline in US relations with Russia. Do you hold Russia at all accountable for anything in particular, and if so what would you consider them that they are responsible for?
>> Yes, I do I hold both countries responsible, I think that the United States has been foolish, I think we've all been foolish>> Then, I had a chance to ask a question of President Putin as well and it was really the second question that I asked, that made a lot of news.
President Putin did you want President Trump to win the election and did you direct any of your officials to help him do that?>> Yes I did, Yes I did.>> Now, there is some question as to whether that yes referred to both the first and the second part of my question.
But it most certainly referred to whether or not he wanted Trump to win. And he said yes. And I think that stunned a lot of people. People were stunned in that room room. People were stunned around the world. And the whole world was watching. And the whole world reacted.