"The Russian Defense Ministry is ready for practical implementation of the agreements in the sphere of worldwide security reached by Russian and US Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at their Monday's summit in Helsinki", the Russian embassy tweeted.
"I saw the screaming headline on cable TV that there is malaise in the West Wing and I look forward to meeting her", quipped presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Trump's public doubting of Russia's culpability for interference in 2016 - though he tried to "clarify" his remarks a day later - sparked bipartisan condemnation in Washington and sparked congressional lawmakers to look once again for ways to tighten sanctions on the longtime United States foe.
"In today's world, it does not matter how big or small you are, but to what extent you cherish the values of freedom, solidarity and democracy", said an official statement adopted by Prime Minister Dusko Markovic at a government session. "You know, Montenegro is a tiny country with very strong people", Trump responded.
"I understand what you're saying".
The two diplomats also "exchanged views on prospects for further building relations" in the wake of the Helsinki summit involving Mr Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin, the ministry said. They were discussing NATO's mutual defense pact. "( We will react proportionally to such aggressive steps, which pose a direct threat to Russia.) Our colleagues, who are betting on increased tensions, striving towards including countries like Georgia and Ukraine into NATO's military orbit had better think about the possible consequences of such an irresponsible policy". They're very aggressive people. "He's said it before, and this isn't the first time".
Trump was already receiving low marks and a cold reception for his remarks at the summit, but the lack of etiquette opened a fresh round of criticism for the president on his first trip representing the US overseas.
Then, as now, Markovic played down Trump's actions.
Because of this, while singling out Montenegro was not the best example, Donald Trump is factually correct that a war triggering Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation charter is increasingly likely in the Balkans while he is also correct that while such a war might serve the strategic goals of the American elite, such a war would do nothing to protect the lives of Americans who remain blissfully non effected by the conflicts in Europe's historic powder keg. "Therefore, the friendship and the alliance of Montenegro and the United States of America is strong and permanent".
This is of course true, and not just of Montenegro, but literally any of NATO's member nations.
Serbia and Montenegro were once part of the same country, Yugoslavia, and later in a union with Serbia until Montenegro's vote for independence in 2006. "That's my foreign policy experience", said Ron Kaufman, a longtime RNC committeeman from MA and former political director for President George H.W. Bush.
"Montenegrins are not aggressive ... but the nation of courageous warriors", he said. The official did not specify if that meant Russia's interference in US elections.