Trump arrives in Helsinki, to hold summit with Putin

Pauline Gross
July 19, 2018

The summit comes just days after special counsel Robert Mueller issued indictments on 12 Russian spies for their alleged interference in the 2016 USA presidential election.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said Trump should demand that the dozen Russian officials as well as the 13 Russian nationals already indicted by Mueller be brought to the U.S. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some worldwide issues. Now our relationship with Russian Federation has "NEVER been worse", says the man who was alive throughout the Cold War. "That changed, about four hours ago".

The reported rebuke apparently came on the same March 20 call in which Trump was believed to have congratulated Putin on his election victory despite being warned several times by top aides against doing so.

Trump and Putin are scheduled to meet at the presidential palace for a direct meeting with only their interpreters present, followed by a working lunch accompanied by advisers. "We want to show our support to those colleagues who have to fight in ever toughening circumstances on a daily basis, both in the USA and Russia", Nieme continued. "It's better to talk than to be quiet", he said, adding that he nonetheless does not expect any major breakthroughs on concrete issues. He says he ran a "brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president".

Days before the summit, Coats had spoken publicly of his concerns about cyber threats to USA national security and singled out Russian Federation as the most aggressive foreign actor in that arena. "I think the world really wants us to get along".

He again stated that there was "no collusion" between his campaign and the Russians.

Putin has long insisted that the Kremlin had nothing to do with the hacking, and Trump said the Russian leader repeated his denials during their private meeting Monday. Noting that "mutual interests abound", he said he gave specific suggestions on dealing with crises under discussion.

By comparison, there were multiple deputy NSC meetings to prepare for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month. "We have all the required components" for peace.

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"You have to have a carve-out where no matter what happens they have the right to make a deal with the United States".

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said he was anxious about Trump being alone in the room with Putin, without his national-security aides.

Putin also handed Trump a soccer ball, in honor of Russia's successful hosting of the World Cup tournament this year and the United States picking up hosting duties in 2026. The first ladies met separately over breakfast while their husbands held talks.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes. you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe".

Trump has made comments in the past about the European Union and continued to name Russian Federation and China as opponents in particular arenas of national activity. "We, hopefully, can do something about that because it's not a positive force, it's a negative force".

President Trump attacked the media Sunday as the 'enemy of the people, ' but in Russian Federation, where the accusatory term had currency and dire consequences during Soviet times, Trump has finally been getting some good press.

Anti-Trump protesters gathered in Helsinki's Senate Square and marched through the Finnish capital and ended their demonstration at the square.

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