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Trump Meets Putin: 'The World Wants to See Us Get Along'

President says relations with Moscow 'never worse'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2018 5:51 AM CDT
Updated Jul 16, 2018 6:48 AM CDT
An advert by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat stating "Mr. President, welcome to the land of free press" is seen on the wall of Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki.   (Aleksi Tuomola/Lehtikuva via AP)
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The big day is here: President Trump and Vladimir Putin have begun their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in a one-on-one meeting. "I really think the world wants to see us get along," Trump told reporters just ahead of their conversation. "We are the two great nuclear powers." He said the two leaders would discuss a wide range of topics, "everything from trade to military to missiles, to nuclear, to China," reports CNN. He did not mention accusations of Russian meddling in the US election, reports the AP. The meeting got started about 45 minutes late because of Putin's late arrival—and the Washington Post suggests that Putin kept Trump waiting deliberately, as part of his usual style.

Earlier Monday, Trump tweeted about US ties to Moscow: "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" Trump also had congratulated Russia and Putin for putting on a great World Cup—and Hillary Clinton couldn't resist a jab on Sunday night. "Great World Cup. Question for President Trump as he meets Putin: Do you know which team you play for?" she tweeted. Trump hasn't received a particularly warm welcome from the Finns—thousands of demonstrators have marched in Helsinki to denounce both Trump and Putin, and the country's largest newspaper, Helsingen Sanomat, has bought hundreds of billboards to denounce both leaders' attitudes toward press freedom, the Hill reports. "Mr. President, welcome to the land of free press," reads one. (Read more Vladimir Putin stories.)

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