Just one day after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and acknowledged that relations between the two nations were “at a low point,” President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the future of the U.S.-Russia relationship.
“Things will work out fine between the U.S.A. and Russia. At the right time everyone will come to their senses & there will be lasting peace!” he tweeted.
Eight minutes earlier, the President tweeted a similar sentiment about North Korea, saying that he believes China will do what’s necessary to keep the North in line.
“I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea,” Trump tweeted. “If they are unable to do so, the U.S., with its allies, will! U.S.A.”
Trump’s forward-looking statements regarding Russia and North Korea come after weeks of tension.
Last week, President Trump ordered a military strike on Syria’s Shayrat air base in Homs in retaliation for the deadly chemical gas attack against the Syrian people. The Trump administration concluded that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical weapon attack that killed at least 86 and injured hundreds more. The U.S. targeted the Shayrat air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles after it made the discovery that the chemical weapon used was launched from that military base. Russia condemned the United States’ military action against their ally.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took part in an open meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow to discuss the contentious relationship between the two countries and to urge the Kremlin to forgo its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Following the meeting, Russian state media reported that Lavrov issued a warning to Tillerson that the U.S. was to not strike Russia’s close ally, Syria, again.
Hours later, the Secretary of State met directly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following the meeting, Tillerson said that during their nearly two-hour-long meeting he “expressed the view that the current state of U.S.-Russia relations is at a low point.”