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Trump-Putin summit begins, after Trump faults U.S. ‘stupidity’ for poor relations with Russia


Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump have both arrived at Finland's Presidential Palace for today's meeting after the Russian President kept Trump waiting for 45 minutes.

Putin arrived in the capital, Helsinki, around the time he was supposed to be arriving at their agreed meeting spot in the capital Helsinki, The Sun reported.

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin met here Monday for their first formal one-on-one summit, firmly shaking hands hours after Trump began the day by blaming his own country, rather than Russia, for the hostilities between their two nations, Washington Post reported.

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Seated alongside Putin, Trump began by congratulating Russia on successfully hosting the World Cup soccer tournament, which concluded Sunday, then noted that the United States and Russia have “not been getting along too well for the last number of years.” He said he hoped that would change.

“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump said, as Putin slouched in his chair.

Trump added that the “world wants to see us getting along” and that “I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship.”

Trump said he and Putin have a “lot of good things to talk about, and things to talk about,” including trade, military issues, nuclear proliferation and China, in particular their “mutual friend,” Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The meeting began later than originally planned, after the perennially tardy Putin arrived in Helsinki well behind schedule, keeping Trump waiting.

Although most U.S. officials argue that Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, use of a nerve agent on British soil and aggression in Ukraine and Syria have worsened relations, Trump instead faulted “U.S. foolishness and stupidity” in tweets Monday morning, as well as the expansive Justice Department investigation into Russia’s election intrusion.

“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!” Trump tweeted Monday morning as he prepared for his meeting with Putin.

Trump is facing immense pressure to aggressively confront Putin over Russia’s election interference, especially after the Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials Friday and charged them with hacking and stealing Democratic emails, as part of a broad subterfuge operation that U.S. intelligence agencies believe was ordered by Putin to help elect Trump.

Trump and Putin's contentious meeting is being hosted by the Finnish leader

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My view: Putin is trying to show Trump who's the boss, by arriving late for the meeting, Trump is like Putin's busboy, it's sad how low Trump would go in condemning his own country just to please President Putin, only God knows why he's so obsessed with Putin ? Putin pretends to be more powerful than Trump by arriving late, I think the man is just suffering from Inferiority complex, so he masked it by coming late, that's Putin's power play with Trump.