Trump: "Russia Has Agreed To Help With North Korea"

Still reeling from the bipartisan outrage over his press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump announced on twitter Wednesday morning that Russia has agreed to help with North Korea as the president tries to prove his critics wrong and demonstrate exactly why closer ties with Russia are a net positive for the US - as Trump has long insisted.

"While the NATO meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph...the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success," Trump began (indeed, even the NYT has praised Trump because he "got from NATO everything Obama ever asked for"). "Russia has agreed to help with North Korea, where relationships with us are very good and the process is moving along."

Trump also insisted that "so many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki" although it was unclear who Trump was referring to.

Capping off his morning tweetstorm, Trump congratulated Martha Roby of Alabama for fending off a Republican primary challenger last night. Trump credited his endorsement of Roby (who hasn't always been full-throated in her support of the president) with opening the "flood gates" that led to her landslide victory.

Trump will have another chance to rebut his critics Wednesday afternoon when he tapes the second part of his interview with CBS's Jeff Glor.