He was meeting with Finland's President Sauli Niinistö (SAW-lee KNEE-nes-tuh) in the hours before his highly anticipated summit with Putin. "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning".
"As Tapper notes, the Ministry "Liked" Donald Trump's tweet in which the 45th POTUS blamed "*the U.S.* for poor U.S. -Russia relations, and faulted *the investigation* into the Russian cyber attack on the U.S. rather than the Russian cyber attack itself".
The meeting Monday comes just days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly interfering in the election. "I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it".
That doesn't mean we shouldn't meet with Putin and keep the lines of communication open, but we should do so realistically. There was no collusion at all. Putin said before Trump spoke that Moscow never interfered and will never interfere in the American electoral process.
But, he said, "that is one of the purposes of this meeting.so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it". "There was nobody to collude with". He called it "nonsense" and insisted the Russian state had never interfered and would never interfere in the American electoral process.
Trump said he and Putin would discuss a range of issues, from trade to the military, along with missiles and China.
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Trump called the summit a "first step toward a brighter future and one toward a strong dialogue and a lot of thought". "Unilateral transactions to the detriment of partners in the end hurt United States", said Haiko Maas. Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin did not shake hands when they entered, sullenly, but only when they began a lengthy closed-door meeting that had the diplomatic world on edge.
One of the victims, Dawn Sturgess, has died and her 19-year-old son Ewan Hope told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: "We need to get justice for my mum". "I think we have great opportunities as two countries that, frankly, we have not been getting along too well", Trump stated.
Putin presented Trump with a World Cup football, a day after attending the final of the much-praised tournament in Moscow.
Moscow condemned the new USA nuclear policy as "bellicose" and "anti-Russian".
"I'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things", Trump said during his United Kingdom news conference.
Earlier Monday, the president wrote on Twitter that "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!". "I wanna do great for our country and I'm sure he wants to do well for his". Matt Gaetz of Florida, Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of SC as well as former Mississippi Republican Sen.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appealed to both Trump and Putin to eliminate the Iranian presence, which the Jewish state regards as an existential threat. "Obviously, he doesn't respect our democracy".
Trump's willingness to accept Putin's denials puts him at odds, not only with his USA intelligence agencies and lawmakers from both parties, but also his own national security adviser, John Bolton, who said Sunday that after seeing the indictments, he found it "hard to believe" that Putin was unaware of election interference.