The president has shown he has learned from the past when it comes to Russia.
He’s also shown a willingness to engage in the kind of public diplomacy that has become more commonplace as Trump has consolidated power and prestige.
Here are a few of the things he said and did on Friday, in one-on-one interviews with reporters at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
On Friday, Trump said, “I don’t think Putin wants to be President of the United States.”
He added, “He’s a terrible leader.”
The president said he has “very high hopes” for his relationship with Putin.
“I think he’s going to have a great relationship with me.
“That’s not going to happen. “
You have to be very careful about whether it’s a one-year deal or a two-year agreement,” Trump said.
“That’s not going to happen.
But if it’s two years, it’s going be a good thing for the United Kingdom, it’ll be a great thing for our relationship.”
Trump said he’s “very open to” a bilateral meeting with Putin, as well as other countries.
He said the leaders have “a lot of very good things to say about each other.”
On Friday night, he tweeted, “Putin wants to get rid of Hillary Clinton.
They are both terrible!”
Trump said that “we should be talking about the nuclear codes, not the missile defense, because it’s not a great idea.”
Trump also said, in a tweet, “Russia is in grave trouble.”
“It is a great opportunity for us to be together with the Russian people,” Trump added.
“It would be very, very nice to be able to have that conversation.
It would be a very, great opportunity.”
Trump then said, referring to NATO, “You are very much in NATO, right?”
“You know what I’m saying, you know what?
It’s the greatest alliance in the world, period,” Trump replied.
“And it is not perfect, but it’s the strongest.
I would love to have NATO with us, we could do so much with it.”
Trump reiterated his vow to fight the Islamic State and said he’d work to get Russia to “stop interfering in our elections.”
“I’ll be honest with you, the fact is, we’ve got to do something about ISIS,” Trump told reporters.
“We’ve got a lot of problems in our country, and we’re going to take care of them.
We’re going do that with Russia, we’re doing that with China, we’ll do that.
And we’re having a very serious conversation about what to do about ISIS.”
On Saturday, Trump added, in an interview with ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, that “he’s never said he would never have a conversation with Putin.”
“He never has,” Trump continued.
So, that would be the only time.” “
But he said he hasn’t spoken with him yet.
So, that would be the only time.”
“There are a lot things that I would like to do with Russia that I don’t know if I can do with anybody else,” Trump concluded.
“They’re both so wonderful people.
But that’s one of the reasons why I’m not doing anything with Russia.
Because I can’t do anything with Putin who doesn’t want to talk to me, I have no reason to do anything, I just can’t.”
Trump on Friday also said that he’d “be very happy” if Putin agreed to “go to someplace that’s not the U.K. and take a look at something.”
Trump had earlier said that Russia was “a very, really bad actor” and “a state that’s doing a lot wrong.”
“And so we’re not doing that at all,” Trump insisted.
“Well, I’d be very happy if he would.
We would be.
We wouldn’t be having a conversation about that.”
On March 1, Trump told a crowd of supporters that he would “like to meet Putin,” but that “if you have something to offer, I’m happy to talk.”
“That would be great,” Trump promised.
“So if you have an opportunity to be part of that conversation, great.
If not, we don’t have any problem.”
On Thursday, Trump tweeted, in response to a question about his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he “would be happy to sit down with Putin in the United State of America if Russia would help find and kill ISIS.”
“We have no interest in a military confrontation with Russia,” Trump wrote.
“Russia has been one of our great partners in the fight against ISIS.”
But in a later tweet, Trump suggested that Russia “is not our friend.”
“Russia and China are our adversaries,” Trump tweeted.