Trump on Russia: ‘Things will be fine’

‘We may be at an all time low’ with Russia: Trump1:34

President Donald Trump said it would be ‘wonderful’ if NATO and the U.S. could get along with Russia during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

US President Donald Trump tweeted that “things will work out fine” between the US and Russia. Picture: AFP/Brendan Smialowski

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A DAY after declaring US relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low”, President Donald Trump has softened his tone.

“Things will work out fine between the USA and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!” Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday.

It comes after Mr Trump and his top diplomat, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, offered grim assessments of US-Russia relations over the Syrian chemical attack and other issues.

“Right now we’re not getting along with Russia at all,” Mr Trump said flatly during a White House news conference on Wednesday.

It was stark evidence that the president is moving ever further from his campaign promises to establish better ties with Moscow.

Only weeks ago, it appeared that Mr Trump, who praised Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout the US election campaign, was poised for a potentially historic rapprochement with Russia.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. Picture: AFP/Alexander Nemenov

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (left) met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (right) and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. Picture: AFP/Alexander NemenovSource:AFP

But any such expectations have crashed into reality amid the nasty back-and-forth over Syria and ongoing US investigations into Russia’s alleged interference in America’s presidential election.

On Wednesday, Mr Tillerson emerged from a nearly two-hour meeting with Mr Putin saying the two countries had reached a “low point” in relations.

Mr Trump, who last week ordered air strikes on a Syrian air base in retaliation for a chemical weapons attack, was asked on Wednesday if Syria could have launched the attack without Russia’s knowledge. Mr Trump said it was “certainly possible” though “probably unlikely.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) met with America’s top diplomat yesterday. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin (pictured) met with America’s top diplomat yesterday. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via APSource:AP

The newly-hardened view of Moscow comes as the president has tried to shake suspicions about the motives behind his campaign calls for warmer relations.

As the FBI and multiple congressional committees investigate possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s campaign, the president and his aides can now point to his hard-line stance on Syrian President Bashar Assad as evidence he’s willing to stand up to Mr Putin.

RUSSIA: Tillerson Says US and Russia Remain Divided on Syria April 1214:12

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday, April 12, said the relations between the US and Russia were ?at a low point? and the two countries remained divided on a range of issues, including Syria. Tillerson?s comments came at a press conference following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Tillerson said President Donald Trump?s administration was of the view that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ?cannot stay in power.? Lavrov, who was co-hosting the April 12 press conference in Moscow, said progress had been made on Syria and a working group would be established to improve communication between the US and Russia, Reuters reported. Lavrov also said Moscow was ready to revive an air safety agreement in Syria. The agreement was suspended after the US launched its first attack on Syria during the country?s six-year conflict last week. The strikes came after a chemical attack killed 89 people in the opposition-held Idlib Governorate. The US blamed the Assad regime for the attack and accused Russia of trying to cover it up. Credit: US Department of State via Storyful

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