President Trump, Russian President Putin Hold Joint News Conference Following Summit


President Trump, Russian President Putin Hold Joint News Conference Following Summit

Trump and Putin will also meet Finnish President Sauli Niinisto respectively on Monday, and the whole event will end up with a press conference by Niinisto on Monday evening.

Although Trump told Glor he does not have any expectations for his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did say, "I think we're greatly hampered by this whole witch hunt that's going on in the United States".

Trump said the summit agenda will include among other things; Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Iranian interference in Syria, and Russian meddling in the USA presidential election.

Clinton tweeted Sunday night, ahead of the President's first official summit with Putin, taking place in Helsinki, Finland.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin talks to U.S. President Donald Trump during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. Putin has met with three previous USA presidents before Mr. Trump, but there has never been such a private session of this magnitude between Putin and a US leader.

However, that the summit was taking place at all was a victory for Russian Federation, which has long blamed irrational "Russophobia" for its geopolitical semi-pariah status. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said. Responding to a reporter's question after that meeting, Trump said the two had a "very, very good start for everybody".

After a turbulent diplomatic trip to Brussels and London last week to meet with European allies, Trump's relationship with Putin will be scrutinized as much for its domestic political implications as its worldwide significance.

They brushed off new indictments of Russians accused of hacking the 2016 US presidential campaign.

It is officially the third time they have met in person, but the first time in a one-to-one summit between the U.S. and Russian Federation.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation is strained because of the very malign actions he's refusing to take Russian Federation to task for", tweeted Democratic U.S. Representative Gregory Meeks, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Warner says he'd "feel much better if there were other Americans in the room making sure that we make the point that the first and top point of this agenda should be no further Russian interference in our elections".

"Huntsman added: "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the details laid out in the indictments - which are part of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller - underscored the importance of confronting Putin.

At the same time, Trump has floated the idea of allowing Russian Federation back into the G-7, making it the G-8 once again. The U.S. ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman was also asked about Crimea Sunday.

The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree".

The meeting was condemned in advance by an assortment of members of Congress from both parties after the US indictment last week of 12 Russians accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump.

But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said "certainly I'll be asking about it" although extradition is high unlikely.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it [Helsinki], and maybe some good will come out", Trump said.

Any Trump request for Russia to extradite hacking suspects is likely to fall on deaf ears, however, as the Kremlin, citing the Russian constitution, has a policy of not handing over suspects wanted by other countries.