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Putin summit kicks off in Helsinki

Donald Trump Trump met with the president of Finland for breakfast
Jeannette Daniel | 16 July, 2018, 17:07

He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians.

Donald Trump is now on a working visit to the United Kingdom.

"Presidents Trump and Putin respect each other and they get along well", said Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman.

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump denounced European allies for falling short on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending commitments, fuelling fears about his commitment to the transatlantic alliance. Trump himself told CBS News, "Nothing bad will come out of it, and maybe some good will come out". And he chastised British Prime Minister Theresa May for not pursuing a "hard" enough break with the E.U.in Brexit talks and for dismissing his advice. There were six flags on display: three American, three Russian.

Mr Putin appeared to smirk as Mr Trump ignored shouted questions about whether he would warn the Russian leader against meddling in the 2018 midterm elections. Trump departed for Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland. The issue of election meddling will certainly get a lot of attention.

"I'm representing our country", Mr. Trump said. Trump seemed to return the favour by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel. It's anybody's guess, but it ranges from "very little" to "nothing".

Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him in recent days not as an enemy but as a competitor.

Mr Trump has lashed out at Brussels' trading policies with the United States, during a pre-summit interview with CBS News, dubbing the European Union in the same category as Russian Federation and China as trade rivals.

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. He thinks he can improve our hand in dealing with Russian Federation by merely signaling that the old days of the Obama doctrine are over.

Vladimir Putin stands underneath an umbrella watched by French President Emmanuel Macron after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 World Cup
Vladimir Putin presided over the World Cup final on Sunday

Trump told Putin the video was "outrageous", according to Axios.

As for the media and his political opponents at home, Trump is acting with a free hand.

They'll continue their discussions with an expanded group of aides and over lunch in the Hall of Mirrors, once the emperor's throne room.

Putin said: "The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world".

After eight years of an Obama foreign policy team that saw Russian Federation outplay and outmaneuver them at every turn, one would think critics should be a little more circumspect now.

They are written in Russian as well as English.

Trump is taking the measure of the man today in Helsinki.

Several thousand protesters gathered Sunday in Helsinki's iconic Senate Square for a protest that gathered together activists focused on issues including the environment, refugee rights, and anti-war causes.

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