Trump is under heavy pressure to tell Putin to stay out of USA elections when they meet, and he said Friday that he would.
Trump made the brief prediction Monday at a breakfast at Finland's presidential residence in Helsinki.
President Vladimir Putin is using a newly designed Russian limousine overseas for the first time to get to the summit with President Donald Trump in Finland.
"I think the world really wants to see us get along". That's because talks between the US and Russian Federation could be viewed by Putin's inner circle as evidence Washington is finally willing to recognize Moscow as a great power on the worldwide stage.
"He just said it's not Russia", Trump said during a news conference following talks between the two leaders.
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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats , a Republican and a Trump appointee, responded to Trump's remarks and stood by the US agencies.
Trump also said he's confident Washington and Moscow can improve relations and said a friendly and productive relationship is "a good thing". "It is in the interest of both our countries to continue this conversation and we will meet again in the future", Trump said.
Donald Trump congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country's semi-final run in football world cup.
Greeting each other at Finland's presidential palace, Trump said the World Cup soccer tournament that ended in Russia Sunday night was "one of the best ever".
"Russia's a foe in certain respects", Trump said, adding, "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe".
It is believed that Putin and the Russians tried to do damage to Clinton because they preferred Trump win the election.
The Kremlin said it did not expect much from the meeting but hoped it would be a "first step" to resolving a crisis in ties. "There is no clear agenda".
Trump himself branded the Robert Mueller probe a "Rigged Witch Hunt" on twitter just hours before he was to meet Putin. He claimed Mr Obama "was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it". Other issues expected to come up include Russian election meddling, Crimea, and Syria. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today". "It will be determined by the heads of state themselves as they go along".