US President Donald Trump, under fire over his Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, doubled down Thursday by saying he looks forward to meeting the Russian leader again -- with talks already underway for a visit to Washington in the fall.
Trump has come in for bipartisan criticism for what many saw as his unsettling embrace of the Russian strongman this week -- and his seeming disavowal of his own intelligence agencies and their assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election.
The backlash has thrust Trump onto the defensive, leading to days of conflicting statements from both the president and the White House.
But Trump has largely shrugged off the criticism and took aim at the "fake news media" Thursday for failing to recognise his achievements.
"The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media," Trump said on Twitter. "The Fake News Media wants so badly to see a major confrontation with Russia, even a confrontation that could lead to war."