CNN: Russia 'pleased' with initial results of Trump summit

CNN: Russia 'pleased' with initial results of Trump summit

Russian government officials were “pleased” with the outcome of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE’s meeting last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but have been left wanting more following the announcement of new sanctions, CNN reported Monday. 

The news outlet cited two intelligence sources familiar with U.S. assessments of the Kremlin’s reaction. They said that while Moscow was satisfied with the two leaders’ meeting, they left expecting Trump to implement more Russia-friendly policies. 

Russian officials have been puzzled, particularly in the wake of the Trump administration’s decision to levy additional sanctions over Moscow’s role in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K., CNN reported.

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A spokesperson for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment to CNN.

Trump endured days of intense bipartisan criticism last month for his performance in Finland alongside Putin. At a joint press conference, Trump blamed U.S. intelligence assessments and 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 for souring relations between the two countries.

The president went on to cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, citing Putin's "very powerful" denials.

Trump later attempted to walk back his comments and express confidence in his intelligence officials, but undercut his own statements by suggesting others besides Russia could have been responsible and repeatedly referring to the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt."

The White House has sought to draw focus on the administration's actions against Moscow.

Several intelligence officials attended a White House briefing earlier this month to outline their plans to blunt future foreign interference in U.S. elections

The U.S. last week slapped sanctions on Russia for the use of a nerve agent on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain earlier this year.

The sanctions, which will go into effect about Aug. 22, will restrict the licenses granted for exports of national security goods and technologies to Russia.

A second, more punishing round of sanctions could be imposed in 90 days if Russia does not prove it is no longer using chemical weapons.