President Trump, Russian President Putin Hold Joint News Conference Following Summit

Clay Curtis
July 21, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto have met at a breakfast at the Finnish presidential residence in Helsinki on Monday morning.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is strained because of the very malign actions he's refusing to take Russian Federation to task for", tweeted Democratic U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

"You know I love those countries".

Trump says in a television interview that he's going into the meeting with "low expectations". He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said.

President Donald Trump's ambassador to Moscow says he hopes Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin have "a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests".

For Russia, it is also a powerful sign that Western efforts to isolate Moscow have failed.

Clinton's remark comes after Trump received sweeping criticism for his comments about Putin and the U.S. intelligence assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Russia's state-run Channel One said Trump's meetings in Britain and contentious appearance at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week were secondary to Monday's summit, saying: "After all, he was just passing through Brussels and London on the way to Helsinki". Instead, Paul said Trump and other USA officials should focus on safeguarding upcoming elections from interference. But first he took a moment to fire a Twitter broadside at his domestic opponents, blaming the diplomatic chill on the investigation into Russian election meddling. But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, says Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests".

Warner, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he believes Putin could take advantage of Trump.

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"For the president to demand something that isn't going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength", Bolton said in a separate interview.

In a post-summit interview with Fox News, Putin said US-Russia relations should not be held "hostage" to "internal political games", referring to the Mueller probe.

Trump said Sunday that he has "low expectations" for the meeting, but told reporters earlier Monday only that he thinks the meeting will go "fine", refusing to elaborate on what they might discuss. "He can't simply raise it, accept Putin's denial and then let him off the hook", Schumer said in a statement.

The 11-count indictmentnames the Russians defendants, alleging they began cyber-attacks in March 2016 on the email accounts of staff for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump waves while playing a round of golf at Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort during his first official visit to the United Kingdom on Sunday.

Russia's foreign ministry tweeted in response: "We agree".

Many Western politicians remain angry over Russia's annexation of Crimea, its backing of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and its support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad.

Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policies, especially the decision to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"You can't solve problems if you're not talking about them", said Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, in a briefing before the meeting.

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