The initial proposal immediately prompted derision from Democrats, as well as some Republicans who questioned why the US would work with Russia after the Kremlin's alleged meddling in the 2016 US election. He praised Polish resilience and called upon Western nations to jointly combat forces that threaten "to erase the bonds of culture, faith and tradition that make us who we are". Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of photo opportunities.
While the G20 summit in Germany didn't feature the leaders laying their hands on a glowing orb, it did offer a vivid illustration of just how far the United States has fallen in the mere six months that Donald Trump has been president.
Tillerson said that, "In all candidness, we did not expect an answer other than the one we received" from Russia.
Take a look at his Sunday tweet about his meeting with Putin.
The cybersecurity unit drew widespread ridicule from lawmakers, including two of Trump's rivals for the Republican nomination last year.
"This is a matter that's gone beyond anything I'm aware of". Note, of course, that all these outcomes served U.S. national interests and values. The chief of staff told "Fox News Sunday" that the president doubted that the country was not involved.
Russia's intelligence agencies are their leading cyber-antagonists - they've compromised White House and Pentagon emails, stolen secrets and may have helped exploit powerful hacking tools lost by the National Security Agency and CIA.
Trump said he and Putin had discussed setting up "an impenetrable cyber security unit" to prevent any future election hacking. And neither Putin nor his Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pledged in Hamburg to forget about past differences as a step toward cooperation today. Individuals would have the choice of switching insurance providers, which now cannot be done with employer-provided insurance. But if the interference was for him? According to the New York Times, Trump's eldest son arranged a meeting at Trump Tower between the group and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, who had promised Trump Jr. damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Conservatives in the U.S. were indeed buoyed by Trump's speech in Warsaw, Poland, which marked perhaps his most comprehensive articulation of how he views America's role in the world.
"If she weren't my daughter it would be so much easier for her", Trump said.
Everyone else in the administration has changed their story on Russia at some point. Nonetheless, Donald Trump seems bent on repeating the mistakes of his predecessors, and with even less reason to have illusions about the Russian leader. Cruz cast his plan as a compromise to unify the party on a GOP health bill.
Trump appeared in a music video with Agalarov in 2013. Putin might bring up the signing of the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to punish human rights abusers.
President Trump pitched the joint cyber-team with Russia in a tweet on Sunday.
The first meeting between the Russian and the US presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, took place on Friday in Hamburg on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, lasting more than two hours. "Your first veto of the administration is to protect Russia?" And, in any case, many foreign leaders harbor respect for the values that the U.S. espouses and the global order that it has helped maintain for seven decades.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has offered a nuanced take on the two leaders' meeting, saying that while Trump raised the "concerns of the American people regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election" at the very start of his time with Putin, Trump also decided to focus on advancing talks on other issues.