Happening Right Now: Here’s What Trump, Putin Are Discussing In Helsinki

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin have both touched down in Finland where they will be meeting together in a one-on-one setting.

The presidents attended a joint conference ahead of their private meeting where they teased what they would be discussing. Trump said he and Putin would be talking about “good things,” like “everything from trade to military.” He added that the two men and the two countries “will end up having an extraordinary relationship.”

The U.S. president opened the conference congratulating Putin for his role in hosting the 2018 World Cup and for the Russian team’s quarterfinals finish. They lost to finalist Croatia in a penalty shootout.

Per Fox News Insider:

He said he and Putin have “a lot of good things to talk about,” from trade to missiles to China, and this meeting could open up “great opportunities” for both countries.

“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship,” Trump said. “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

He added that the U.S. and Russia are the world’s two great nuclear powers, and “the world wants to see us get along.”

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Ahead of the meeting, some on the Left and mainstream media outlets chided Trump for his willingness to meet with the Russian leader. Trump and his administration, since his inauguration, have been plagued with accusations of colluding with Russian individuals to win the 2016 presidential election. There has been no evidence produced which supports their claims.

Outside of Democrats seeking to punish any interaction between Trump administration officials and Russians, meetings with foreign officials is routine and widely acceptable, Politico reports.

Here’s more from Politico:

Throughout history, including during the height of the Cold War, both sides maintained constant dialogue and communications. Even during the Cuban Missile Crisis, we had diplomatic relations and constant communications.

Unfortunately, over the last two years, some have fueled a hysteria that has created such a paralysis regarding Russia that regular meetings and communications have ceased, and one can be accused of “collusion” merely for agreeing to a routine meeting with elected Russian officials who might be visiting Capitol Hill.

The hostile climate created by Russophobes has resulted in a vacuum in cultural, educational and even legislative exchanges, while elected officials from both Washington and Moscow are now on so-called “ban lists.” Nothing will be achieved through each country shutting the door to the other.

President Trump tweeted his angst of Democrats on Monday morning: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”


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