President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia's interference in the US 2016 election and that President Vladimir Putin was "extremely strong" in his denials. One would think the image coming from Trump's team would make it appear the two men were deeply engaged and-if not enjoying the prospect of their sitdown-at least interested in what is to come. I will say this.
Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at global events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various worldwide problems and sensitive issues".
Both presidents met at Helsinki's presidential palace this morning amid fraying Western alliances and developments in the investigation into Russian meddling in the United States presidential election. And following the president's press conference, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats again reaffirmed that the intelligence community's assessment remains unchanged.
The indictments were the product of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian election meddling and alleged Trump campaign collusion.
The Obama administration did, in fact, take action, including confronting Putin in person as well as expelling almost three dozen Russian diplomats the USA said were actually intelligence operatives and imposing new sanctions.
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Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Ms James said: 'The body language between these two men was so emphatically frosty on the way into their meeting that a political conspiracy theorist could argue that it was all staged like a pre-match prizefighters weigh in to add drama to any rapport signals once they come out. "Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal".
"We have good talks, we started to understand each other better".
"I really think the world wants to see us get along", Trump said.
"We have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about", Trump said sitting alongside Putin. "We won that race and it's a shame that there can be even a little bit of a cloud over it", he said. The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes. And I think we can hopefully do something about that. It's not a positive force.
Putin also relayed the same message, both in his prepared remarks at the beginning of the press conference and later when taking questions from pool journalists.
Russian Federation on the National Security Council, attended the extended meeting, according to White House officials.