Trump and Putin conclude summit with joint news conference

Elias Hubbard
July 17, 2018

Addressing a joint press-conference in Helsinki, Finland, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald trump, spoke on a wide range of critical issues like: peace process in the Korean Peninsula, non-intervention of Russia in the internal matters of the United States and the implications of Trump pulling out US from Iran-nuclear deal. - Erin Burnett explains the absence of Trump's fmr. Anton, using a pseudonym, was behind the essay "The Flight 93 Election", which tried to convince conservatives wary of Trump to vote for him anyway because "2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die". During his swing through Brussels and the United Kingdom, Trump has repeatedly criticized USA allies, called the European Union a "foe" and criticized the Obama administration rather than Russia in the wake of the Justice Department's indictment of 12 Russian agents who allegedly worked to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks during the 2016 election.

"Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough", he said.

The New Yorker's Moscow correspondent had a particularly fresh take on the unspectacular encounter, noting that Putin had employed sneaky KGB tactics by... listening to what Trump was saying.

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, so it is unlikely that the Russian Federation would turn the intelligence officials over to the stand trial.

'There was little in terms of meaningful or communicative eye contact and when Trump did instigate a long-distance handshake (Putin kept one hand firmly bound round the arm of his chair) their smiles were only a mouth-clamp upturned smile from Trump and a sombre face from Putin.

Trump was joined at the luncheon by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman and other top aides.

US President Donald Trump sat down with Vladimir Putin for a long-awaited summit on Monday saying he wanted good relations with Russian Federation, after blaming Washington's own past "foolishness and stupidity" for the countries' hostile ties.

Mr. Trump said he had raised the issue of alleged Russian meddling in US elections. "We spent a great deal of time talking about it".

"One of the promises [Donald Trump made during his election campaign - TASS] was to improve Russian-US relations".

Trump says during a joint news conference that his message was "best delivered in person".

"I've been saying, and I'm sure you've heard over the years.that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing not a bad thing", Trump said, seated next to Putin at the start of talks in an ornate presidential palace in neutral Finland.

"Putin feels strongly about the issue and has an interesting idea". Trump says he will use the meeting to find areas of cooperation with Putin, who is also critical of Western institutions such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the EU.

Ahead of his meeting in Britain, Trump criticized Prime Minister Theresa May's approach to negotiations about Britain leaving the European Union and suggested it could impact a proposed trade deal between London and Washington.

The official also said that Trump doesn't want aides - who may take a harder line on Russian Federation - undercutting or interrupting him during his talks with Putin. And I really think the world wants to see us get along.

Jake Tapper on Monday morning shared a tweet from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russian Federation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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