President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)
(CNSNews.com) – President Donald Trump began his first one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in front of the cameras, sitting down for a brief photo-op and congratulating Putin on “a really great World Cup, one of the best ever, from what everybody tells me.”
Putin, slouched in his chair, was impassive, as Trump outlined what the two men will talk about:
Most importantly we have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about. We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China – we’ll be talking a little bit about China, our mutual friend, President Xi.
I think we have great opportunities together — as two countries that frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years. I’ve been here not too long, and it’s getting close to two years, but I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship.
I hope so. I’ve been saying, and I’m sure you’ve heard over the years and as I campaigned that getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.
And I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90 percent of the nuclear, and that’s not a good thing, it’s a bad thing. And I think we hopefully can do something about that, because it’s not a positive force, it’s a negative force.
So we’ll be talking about that, among other things.
And with that, the world awaits. And I look forward to our personal discussion, which I think begins now, and then we’re going to meet our whole team, you have quite a few representatives with you, we all have a lot of questions, hopefully we’ll come up with answers, most importantly. It’s great to be with you.
Putin was half an hour late arriving in Helsinki.
At the conclusion of their private talks, and then their talks including various aides, the two men are expected to hold a joint news conference.
The original time for that was 9:50 a.m. EDT, but there’s no telling if the schedule might change.
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