President Donald Trump lashed out at Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday over what he called “very nasty and vicious” remarks about him during the G20 summit in Germany, calling them “unacceptable.”
In a tweet Sunday, Trump blasted Putin, calling him a “totally failed leader.”
Putin said he was referring to Trump’s suggestion last month that he might not be able to hold the G8 meeting in the U.S. in 2018, and he said the remarks were “not good for the U, our country, or our people.”
“You can’t have a president that says that,” Trump said of Putin.
“And you don’t know who the president is.
We’re talking about a failed leader who doesn’t even want to be president.
I mean, he’s a totally failed leader.
He’s a disgrace to the country.
He can’t be president.”
The president also lashed out about Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, accusing them of shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine last week, saying that Russia was “directly responsible” for the plane’s downing.
“These actions are very unacceptable,” Trump tweeted.
“Russia has been directly responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine,” Trump added.
“The world is watching.
We must demand that Russia immediately cease these actions.”
The U.K. Foreign Office said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened by the horrific and brutal shooting down of a civilian airliner over Ukraine.”
The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, called for an urgent investigation into the downed plane and urged Putin to “show greater restraint and bring his country to account for its actions in the conflict in eastern and central Ukraine.”
“The United Kingdom condemns these acts of aggression,” he said in the statement.
“We call on Russia to immediately cease all military activity in Ukraine and its separatist forces.
We urge the Russian government to do the same.”
The Trump administration’s latest moves come amid an intensifying diplomatic push in Europe and the U-turns on Russia.
has been working on a comprehensive trade deal with Europe, aiming to lift trade barriers and create a market for American goods.
That has been delayed amid the Russian sanctions, which have hurt exports and jobs in the European Union.
The European Union’s trade commissioner, Cecilia Malmström, said Sunday that the talks were continuing.
But she said there were still issues.
Malmstrøm, a Swede, was a key figure in the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, which would create a global market for U.B.E. products.
She said she would not make any comment on the negotiations.
The EU’s trade chief, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, said the EU would not take any decision until a final decision is made.
“It’s not possible to comment until we have received a decision,” he told reporters at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.
The deal has been blocked by Russia, which has accused the EU of undermining Russia by not including the Ukraine conflict in the talks.
European officials have said they will not approve the deal unless it includes the Ukraine issue.
European trade ministers met last week to discuss the issue, and the deal remains on the table.
The Trump Administration has threatened retaliatory sanctions against Russia.
The administration also has called on the EU to withdraw its sanctions on Russia over the conflict.