"How could I confirm or deny that?" Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov said, after the White House announced “discussions are already underway” to host Putin in Washington.
Only 5 percent of Americans believe the U.S. benefited more from the Helsinki summit with Putin.
The Russian president insisted he and Trump had made "useful agreements," but the Department of State said all Washington received were proposals it had not yet accepted.
Trump boasted that Putin made him an "incredible offer," but the Russian president clarified that he expects something in return.
“When are you going to ask him for an autograph or a selfie?" the ex-governor said of Trump's flattery of the Russian leader.
The president's defense of Russia drew backlash from not only his usual critics but even typically pro-Trump figures and media outlets.
Moscow's top diplomat traveled with the Russian delegation to Finland, and Trump's performance has delighted the Kremlin greatly.
The two leaders began the day with a tête-à-tête—and are now in a bigger meeting with officials.
The Finnish capital is no stranger to high-stakes Moscow-Washington summits.