Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin began a historic summit today vowing their determination to forge a reset of troubled relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers. "I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked". "I really think the world wants to see us get along". Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the global stage with a man he has described as an important USA competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader. He added: "There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to".
Trump and Putin are meeting one-on-one with only interpreters present before wider talks involving aides. He nodded along to some of Trump's remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English. "I don't see any reason why Russian Federation would interfere in the 2016 election, ' Trump said".
The body language was awkward, but television footage later showed Mr. Trump offering a stone-faced Mr. Putin a reassuring wink.
It will be interesting to see whether the men take questions and if so, what reporters ask, given that both Trump and Putin have attacked the press, with Putin going as far as ordering adversarial reporters killed.
After a stormy North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels last week, Trump was accused by critics of prioritising his ties to Putin over the transatlantic alliance. Noting that "mutual interests abound", he said he gave specific suggestions on dealing with crises under discussion. Just the two of them, each with a translator.
President Donald Trump appeared to accept Russian denials of any meddling in United States elections at a historic summit with Vladimir Putin on Monday where the pair championed a fresh start in relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers. The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the Russian Federation investigation and fears that Moscow's aggression may go unchallenged.
Trump tweeted: "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!", referring to the current investigation by the special counsel into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
If Trump does not forcefully bring up Russia's election hacking, he will open himself up to yet more criticism from both the left and the right, among those who believe Trump is not taking the hacking seriously and is not working hard enough to prevent Russian Federation from sowing chaos in US elections again. John McCain was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a "conscious choice to defend a tyrant" and achieved "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory." Sen.
The notoriously un-punctual Putin's plane touched down at least half an hour late. Trump seemed to return the favour by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel.
It's not the first time Putin has pulled the stunt - he has previously been late for meetings with Queen Elizabeth, Pope Francis, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Multiple members of Trump's own government and the entire US intelligence community have already concluded that Russian Federation did indeed attempt to sway the vote in Trump's favor.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from MA, said Trump embarrassed the US. Not mentioned: Election meddling or Syria. "I think the European Union is a foe". Instead, Bush went to Ground Zero in New York City, wrapped his arm around a person searching the rubble for bodies, and clutched a megaphone to declare, "I can hear you!"
"My message would be: We know what you're doing and we know you know what you're doing and what we're doing ... you make the choice. But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question". "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along", White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said.
Since losing the election, Clinton has blamed everyone and everything from former President Barack Obama to the Green Party's Jill Stein, to the media and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to sexism and "self-hating women" for her loss.