Trump touts potential for 'great relationship' with Russia after post-Mueller call with Putin

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE on Saturday touted the potential for a "great relationship" with Russia, one day after he said he did not confront Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFauci: 'I seriously doubt' Russia's coronavirus vaccine is safe and effective Overnight Health Care: Russia claims it has coronavirus vaccine amid skepticism | Trump announces deal with Moderna for vaccine doses | Most states facing shortage of ICU doctors: research CNBC's Jim Cramer on 'Chernobyl II' Russian coronavirus vaccine: 'I'm gonna pass' MORE about interfering in U.S. elections during a lengthy phone call Friday.

"Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media."

Trump also continued to lash out at news coverage of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation, accusing the press of having "misled" the American people on the special counsel's findings.

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"Look how they have misled you on 'Russia Collusion.' The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!" he wrote. 

Trump's remarks came amid a barrage of early morning posts, lashing out at the media and voicing his support for Russia and North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales Trump's missed opportunities: The top three blunders of the past year Overnight Defense: Most VA workers find racism 'moderate to serious problem' at facilities l Trump advisers were wary of talking military options over fears he'd accidentally start war MORE, hours after it was reported that the country fired what officials said were multiple projectiles toward Japan.

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Trump on Friday spoke with Putin over the phone, later telling reporters that the two briefly addressed the outcome of the report, but saying he did not confront Putin on Russian election tampering. 

Trump added that when the report was brought up, Putin “sort of smiled” and said “something to the effect that it started off being a mountain and ended up being a mouse.”

Trump has seized on Mueller’s finding that the Trump campaign and Moscow did not engage in a criminal conspiracy, claiming there was “no collusion” and calling the report a “complete and total exoneration.” In the wake of the report's public release, Trump has renewed his criticisms of the media, seeking to undermine mainstream news organizations' reporting as "fake news."

Members of Trump’s administration have cautioned that Russia still poses a real threat to the nation’s elections.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said last week that Russia is committed to interfering again in the 2020 cycle, calling it a “significant counterterrorism threat.”