President Donald Trump today said he had a "great" meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, alleging that the mainstream US media is trying and disparage the Helsinki summit. \u201cI had a GREAT meeting with Putin and the Fake News used every bit of their energy to try and disparage it,\u201d Trump said in a tweet. \u201cSo bad for our country!\u201d rued the president who has been slammed by the US media and political opponents after his joint press conference with Putin in Helsinki, Finland last week. This was the first US-Russia summit under the Trump administration. Trump's opponents continued to be very critical of his relationship with Russia. \u201cHe's taken a series of steps that had Vladimir Putin dictated them, he couldn't have mirrored more effectively. What his motivations are, I think is a legitimate question, one that I trust that the Special Council is investigating,\u201d former US national Security Advisor, Susan Rice, told ABC News in an interview. \u201cBut the policies that this president has pursued globally have served Vladimir Putin's interest in dividing the west, undermining democracy, increasing fissures within NATO and has done very little to advance US interests,\u201d she said. Rice alleged that Trump has taken decisions that have served Russian interests as opposed to US interests. \u201cIt was also reinforced sadly this week by that tragic display of sycophancy in Helsinki where the president called into question yet again, standing next to Vladimir Putin - a dictator - the integrity of our intelligence community,\u201d she said. \u201cHe offered for - or he seemed to be willing to consider an offer to hand over our ambassador to Russia, former ambassador Michael McFaul and others to - the Russians for questioning. I mean, it was a series of extraordinary capitulations that really do legitimately call into question what is going on,\u201d Rice said. Rice said it is \u201cridiculous\u201d when asked about Trump being critical of former president Barack Obama's Russia policy. \u201cThat kind of language is ridiculous, it's offensive and it doesn't frankly reflect well on President Trump. Any American president should stand up for the United States of America, in the present and historically when meeting with Vladimir Putin. It was President Obama who led the United States and our European allies to impose very strong sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and its invasion of Ukraine,\u201d she said. \u201cIt's President Trump who has suggested that Crimea belongs properly to Russia and that he'd be prepared to consider some accommodation for Russia vis-a-vis Ukraine,\u201d Rice said. \u201cSo, President Trump can throw all kinds of epithets around. It seems that's how he likes to govern, but the facts are the facts and the reality is that the United States, on a bipartisan basis, needs to be unified in its opposition to Russia's policies, to its efforts to undermine our democracy, and our domestic political discourse, and we shouldn't be casting aspersions on one's predecessors, we should be looking Putin squarely in the eye and delivering the message that supports United States' interests, not Russian interests,\u201d Rice said.