US President, Donald Trump Declares A Better Working Relationship With Russia President, Vladimir Putin
President Donald Trump of the United States and Russian president, Vladimir Putin began an historic summit today, vowing their determination to forge a closer relationship as the world’s greatest nuclear powers.
Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in US politics, went into the summit blaming “stupidity” by his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.
The two leaders exchanged a few opening remarks in front of the press at the start of their summit in Helsinki.
After Trump congratulated Putin and other world leaders for the successful staging of the World Cup in Russia, Putin said, “The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world.”
Before the two leaders went into a first session between just themselves and their interpreters, Trump said the summit would cover “everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China”.
“Frankly, we have not been getting along for the last number of years. And I really think the world wants to see us get along. We are the two great nuclear powers,” he said.
“I’ve not been here too long (as president), it’s getting close to two years, but we’ll be having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so.”
‘We’ll do fine.’