On the 2016 election meddling - a finding agreed to by 13 US intelligence agencies, the US House and Senate intelligence committees, Trump's director of national security, and his secretary of state - Trump said that all he could do with Putin was ask the question about the matter and then noted Putin strongly denied any involvement. This was after he tweeted earlier that Washington's "foolishness and stupidity" was the reason for bad relations.
Peskov said the Russian leader respected Trump's "America first" stance because Putin put Russia first, but said the only way to make progress at the summit was if both sides were open to finding areas of mutual benefit.
In tweets prior to the meeting, Trump continued to call special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that led to the indictments a "rigged witch hunt" and blamed the hacking on former President Barack Obama rather than Putin.
On that same day, July 27, 2016, Donald Trump expressed the hope that Russian Federation would find Clinton's missing emails. "We have not been getting along well for the last number of years", Trump said after arriving at the Presidential Palace in Finland's capital, where the leaders are meeting. He says he "spent a great deal of time" talking about election meddling and Putin feels strongly about it and "has an interesting idea".
"I'm not going in with high expectations but we may come out with some very surprising things", Trump said during his United Kingdom news conference.
"I really think the world wants to see us get along", Trump said.
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Fox News reporter John Roberts addressed the incident, saying Trump's allegations were unfounded. 'Mr President, I must object. She is honest as the day is long. "I didn't criticize the prime minister", Trump falsely claimed. "That's not what I said".
"The Russians aren't done", she said at a book signing late previous year. It's normal." At the closing press conference, Putin, riding high after hosting a successful World Cup, unveiled a gift he'd brought for Trump: "a red and white soccer ball, which he tossed to Trump at the neighboring lectern.
Trump is calling his meeting with Putin "a good start, a very good start for everybody" as the two leaders and their top advisers sat across the table from one another during a luncheon. Asked whether Russian Federation was responsible at all, Trump said "we're all to blame" for the soured relations. Trump, hours before the indictment was made public, complained about the Russian Federation investigation hours, saying the "stupidity" was making it "very hard to do something with Russian Federation".
"It's not just interference in elections that I think has caused this nationalism in Russian Federation", he said. When asked before the summit whether he would confront Putin on Crimea, Trump told reporters, "We're going to have to see."
He shook Putin's hand and ignored shouted questions about election interference.
The summit comes days after the US indictment of 12 alleged Russian military intelligence agents for sophisticated hacking in the 2016 election.
It's taking a while for the near-universal stunned reaction to today's joint Trump-Putin presser to yield to analysis. "We ran a brilliant campaign and that's why I'm president", he said. He added: "There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to". But U.S. lawmakers of both parties said following Friday's indictments, which resulted from Mueller's probe, that Trump must either confront Putin in Helsinki or cancel the meeting in protest. And it came at the end of an extraordinary trip to Europe in which Trump had already berated allies, questioned the value of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and demeaned leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May.
Observers have raised concerns about the fact that the leaders will be alone during their first meeting, but for a pair of interpreters, meaning there will be no corroborating witnesses to accurately represent what was said during the conversation.