"Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump told Putin during a handshake photo opportunity at their summit in Helsinki.
In a series of tweets, Trump blamed the media for inflating expectations for the meeting with Putin. The president has continued his solicitousness toward Putin, even suggesting the USA adversary could potentially be a friend some day.
This email will be delivered to your inbox once a day in the morning. You are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list: "break up North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, do whatever he wants to do", Clinton said later in the debate.
Finland also hosted unofficial talks between representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the USA earlier this year, in anticipation of the summits between North and South Korea, and later between North Korea and the US.
But the U.S. leader insisted that his counterpart had delivered a "powerful" denial of any Russian manipulation, and that the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller was proving a "disaster" for the United States.
Democrats, however, said he should cancel the Helsinki summit, arguing the indictments revealed the lengths to which Putin had gone to meddle in the election that brought Trump to power.
Trump tweeted last week.
"I go into a meeting like that never with high expectations, but maybe some really good stuff can happen", he said.
Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt".
Trump tells CBS News that he watched some of Peter Strzok's (struhkz) testimony to Congress while traveling in Europe.
President Trump called the testimony of former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok a "disgrace", adding, "I think it hurts our relationship with Russian Federation". He said asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect. Trump said such sessions are beneficial.
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But Trump, who said last week that meeting with Putin may be "the easiest" part of his trip, is banking on his personality to forge a lasting bond with Putin that could improve U.S. -Russia relations and solve some of the world's intractable problems. Trump told CBS News that he hadn't thought about requesting their extradition in the meeting, but suggested that he will ask about it.
Putin, who played host at the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday and was due to arrive in Finland later Monday, has remained terse in the run-up to the summit.
The reason for Putin's delay was not clear. "In Putin, you've got a trained KGB agent who does his homework".
President Donald Trump refused to confront Vladimir Putin over meddling in the U.S. election at their first face to face summit, publicly challenging the findings of the United States intelligence community and triggering bipartisan outrage at home.
"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump responded. But last week, the Justice Department announced the indictments of 12 Russian agents for hacking into Democratic emails during the campaign. Russian Ambassador Jon Huntsman said recently that the meeting itself is a deliverable.
"Russia is an authoritarian regime that has attacked our democracy and continues to undermine the security of the United States and our allies", her statement said.
Putin spoke of the importance of the two countries working together and praised Trump, at one point interrupting the news conference to give the US president a soccer ball.
President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin are ready to go one-on-one in Finland.
"We have frankly not been getting along too well for the last number of years ... as I campaigned, getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing not a bad thing", Trump said.
"I guarantee whoever is in Russian Federation, they're saying, 'Oh, gee, do we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election, ' " Trump said last week. It was a little bit tough at the beginning, but it turned out to be love.