The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after discussing an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.
Former Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said the Trump administration's claim that the Russia investigation is a witch hunt came true Friday with the indictment of a dozen Russian intelligence officers. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".
While evidence for Russian meddling in US politics mounted, the debate remains in the United State whether the Trump campaign knowingly colluded with Russians.
Hovering over Helsinki is the specter of the 2016 election interference and ongoing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation. Almost 300 billboards - which preview some of both presidents'most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 - are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat.
In fact, Trump welcomed a surprise offer by Putin to help in the investigation. GRU is the Russian military intelligence agency.
"I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian president and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression", Sen. "This is shameful", Republican Senator Jeff Flake said.
The talks are likely to be followed by a joint news conference.
Earlier Sunday, Trumptweeted out congratulations to the tournament's victors, France, as well as Putin and his countrymen for "putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament - one of the best ever!"
"To me, it's the only question that interests the American press", reporter Yegor Kolyvanov said on NTV, a Kremlin-controlled national TV channel.
Trump emphasized at Friday's press conference with May that by the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit allies were making commitments to increase their spending more expediently.
A total of 64 percent of people questioned said they saw Trump as a greater threat to world peace than Putin (16 percent).
Trump's characterization of the news media as enemies was notable, coming as he flew to meet with the leader of what's regarded as one of the most repressive, anti-press regimes in the world.
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A post-NATO trip to Britain, supposedly America's partner in a "special relationship", was riddled with controversy as well.
Despite clear interest in Russia in Putin's meeting with Trump, the summit wasn't the No. 1 item on many Russian newscasts or websites on Monday morning.
On Friday his adviser Yuri Ushakov played down expectations, saying: "The state of bilateral relations is very bad...." However, that changed as of about four hours ago.
Trump said in Britain last week - another chaotic stop on his European tour - that he would raise the issue of election meddling with Putin even as he played down its impact. "Putin is an autocrat".
He did not commit to allowing the extradition of the Russian agents.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he said on Twitter.
Russia's foreign ministry tweeted in response: "We agree".
In the same interview, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.
Those leaders are already fuming over Trump's imposition of trade tariffs on various countries, including Russian Federation.
"I think the president should be clear-eyed about who he is dealing with", said Cornyn, the No. 2 Senate Republican.
That's just obvious, and by thinking otherwise I exposed my own shameful naivete. "I mean, horribly, dangerously", Trump said. The president did reiterate his concern about global nuclearization and said it's the "most important" issue to him.
He said there's no allegation in the indictment as to whether they actually did affect it, labeling that speculative. Rosenstein said the internet " allows foreign adversaries to attack Americans in new and unexpected ways".
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He said that he wanted to be just like Willis and told him that he yearned to "be the global d*ckhead powerhouse you are". Indeed, Willis felt the heat on topics ranging from his one-note acting range, lack of hair, love life and music career.
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Dr Challen said, "It wasn't unsafe for us but I can't emphasise enough how risky it was for the kids". Last week, Manchester United invited the Wild Boars to watch a match at their Old Trafford ground.
We can not just see 23-time Grand Slam champion is just a match away from drawing level with Margaret Court's all-time mark of 24. The victory over Goerges extended Williams' winning streak at Wimbledon to 20 matches, dating to the start of the 2015 edition.
He said: 'The substance of the charge in the complaint is overblown, ' and insisted Butina only wished to network with Americans. The charge was brought the US Attorney for the District of Columbia and do not appear to stem from Mueller's investigation.
At last, Donald Trump will get the chance to meet with Vladimir Putin at the formal summit both men have been seeking for months. Near Trump's hotel, police roped off a group of about 60 mostly male pro-Trump demonstrators waving American flags.
Trump will hold his first summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday after meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. They regard such meeting "a betrayal of democracy", in particular after the U.S.
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At the same time, Huntsman cautioned the meeting might not produce any breakthrough agreements. "We should be guided by facts". Mr Putin described the Helsinki meeting as "candid and useful" while Mr Trump said there had been "deeply productive dialogue".
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The Iranian leader, however seemed to suggest otherwise, promising that the U.S. presence in Syria would eventually be removed. Israel has been on high alert as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces advance against rebels near the Golan and Jordan.
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