Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin offered a few remarks at the beginning of the treason summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday days after 12 Russian intelligence officials were indicted for interfering with the presidential election that installed Trump.
The two leaders then entered a 90-minute private meeting.
"It's great to be with you"
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of talks in Helsinki
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) July 16, 2018
Trump began by congratulating Putin on the World Cup:
"I'd like to congratulate you on a really great World Cup… It was one of the best ever…"
— Good Morning America (@GMA) July 16, 2018
He then said, “Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years. I’ve not been here too long, it’s getting close to two years, but I think we’ll be having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so.”
“Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years. I've not been here too long, it's getting close to two years, but I think we'll be having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so,” @POTUS says to Pres. Putin https://t.co/afwWRC0nGS pic.twitter.com/13rTNVE9OX
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2018
President Trump says discussions with President Putin will focus "on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China." pic.twitter.com/YxNUZQ50ch
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 16, 2018