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U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit, Friday, July 7, 2017, in Hamburg. Trump and Putin met for more than two hours. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

'We Need to Talk" about the summit between President Trump and Russian President Putin

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By Devon Smith

It has been a busy few weeks for President Trump. Between a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) visit and a one on one meeting with polarizing Russian President, Vladimir Putin, Trump has been under the microscope and perhaps for good reason- depending on who you ask.

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U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a press conference during a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

President Trump was, unsurprisingly, critical of our allies in the NATO alliance. In particular, he cited their begrudged spending for defense after pledging a minimum of 2% GDP in 2014 following Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine.

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President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their bilateral meeting, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

He also looped in dialog that NATO allies should be willing and ready to renegotiate trade deals that are one sided and harmful to the US. More specifically, Trump was critical of Germany’s Prime Minister Angela Merkel, for what he called “back-door” deals with Russia to secure energy for Germany.

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FILE - In this July 16, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Following the NATO summit, President Trump sat down privately with Vladimir Putin. Since then, some members of the media have been up in arms about remarks Trump made during a joint press conference with the two leaders in Helsinki, Finland.

During the conference, Trump appeared to side with Russia regarding its feigned innocence in 2016 election interference allegations, effectively throwing the U.S. intelligence community under the bus.

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Trump came under fire for the comments and has since backtracked, citing he meant to say “wouldn’t" but accidentally said “would."

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Regardless, President Trump has maintained that his closed door meeting was successful and will prove beneficial in the long run.

As for the media reaction, Trump blames the hysteria on “Trump Derangement Syndrome”. Join us to discuss further on We Need To Talk.

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