Mr Trump's tweet from aboard Air Force One shortly after take-off from Washington on the way to Buenos Aires for a G20 summit, was a sudden turnaround. Trump's in town. He has taken on virtually all of the world leaders, as he reshapes America's foreign policy.
Already the president had been forced to bypass a sit-down with Mohammed bin Salman, whom Trump has defended despite the CIA's own conclusion that the Saudi crown prince ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its actions toward Ukraine since 2014, when Moscow annexed Crimea following the toppling of a pro-Russian leader in Kiev. I was thinking about it. Then, useful, constructive things over time can get done. US investigators may disagree.
Trump - and especially officials in his administration - have tried traditional diplomatic strategies. Coming into this G-20, he faces a series of diplomatic challenges - most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to ease trade tensions that have rattled financial markets.
Trump's skepticism that global warming is caused by human activity has even raised questions about whether the countries will be able to reach enough consensus on the issue to include it in the summit's final communique.
Cohen has previously said the project was shelved in January 2016, but it extended until June of that year, throughout the entirety of the Republican presidential primary process.
"It's just happened in the last half-hour", Sanders said.
Other world leaders quickly issued statements condemning the clash and urging a de-escalation.
Notably, his chief economic and national security advisers on Tuesday came to the White House briefing room and tried to lower expectations for the much-anticipated dinner with Xi.
"I think we're very close to doing something with China, but I don't know that I want to do it", Trump told reporters. Mueller is believed to be focusing his attention on the Trump Tower deal and connections between Trump associates and the radical transparency organization Wikileaks. But one counterpart he will apparently not be sitting down with is Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The White House on Tuesday warned Xi against trying to wait out Trump in the ongoing talks, suggesting the Chinese economy was not as resilient to a trade war as the US economy.
But messages from the opposition party ahead of the summit have been mixed.
The Kremlin has steadily poured new military hardware into Crimea since it annexed it from Ukraine in 2014, turning the peninsula into what state-backed media have called a fortress.
He did vow on Wednesday that China would boost protection of intellectual property.
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