A man was forcibly escorted out of the venue for Monday's joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, just minutes before the world leaders were set to appear in the room.
Trump said last week that he would raise the meddling issue again with Putin, but questions have been swirling about whether Trump will sharply and publicly rebuke his Russian counterpart for the interference that prompted a special investigation probe that Trump has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt".
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
After sitting down with Putin, Trump said relations had warmed - and Putin agreed. "I'm not going in with high expectations". The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation. "I hadn't thought of that".
Trump added, "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be".
"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump told CBS Evening News in a segment of an interview that first aired on "Face the Nation". "This is a very serious matter".
"I didn't know the president", Trump said. "I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength". "The European political heavyweights are sure of it".
The Helsinki meeting comes less than a week after the Justice Department announced the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officials for allegedly engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks during the 2016 election campaign. But that doesn't mean they are bad.
Both presidents are obsessed with dominance and projecting machismo, but on Monday Trump waffled beside a stone-faced Putin and shrunk from confrontation when an Associated Press reporter asked Trump whether he believes US intelligence officials or Putin.
US President Donald Trump is in the Finnish capital Helsinki, ahead of his summit with his Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"Presidents Trump and Putin respect each other and they get along well", the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Air strikes on Syria by the USA and its allies in April 2017 and April 2018 in response to alleged chemical attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces have infuriated Russian Federation.
Trump said, as he has countless times, that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.
"I tell you what, there's a lot of anger at the fact that Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars". His one-on-one meeting with Putin lasted nearly two hours. "Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation".