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Trump, Putin sit down for summit
    2018-07-17  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

U.S. President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin opened their summit yesterday with serious expressions all around and the American president declaring that “the world wants to see us get along.” Trump laid out a list of topics for discussion that notably did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“We have not been getting along well for the last number of years,” Trump said as he and Putin sat down at the Presidential Palace in Finland’s capital. “But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. ... I really think the world wants to see us get along.”

Putin, for his part, said he and Trump have maintained regular contact by phone and meeting at international events but “the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various international problems and sensitive issues.” He added, speaking through a translator: “There are quite a few of them for us to pay attention to.”

Putin struck a casual pose during Trump’s remarks, slouching in his chair with his legs wide and eyes low.

He nodded along to some of Trump’s remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English.

Trump leaned forward in his chair, his hands tented in front of him and frequently glancing over at his Russian counterpart. After Trump concluded his remarks, American reporters shouted several questions about whether he would bring up election meddling during his discussions with Putin.

Trump did not respond; Putin appeared to smirk. With that, the two leaders gave a quick handshake and their private meeting in the opulent Gothic Hall was under way. Just the two of them, each with a translator.

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States — and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea — for a low point in U.S.-Russia relations.

The drama was playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances and a new peak in the Russia investigation.

“Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse,” Trump tweeted yesterday morning, blaming “many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”

The summit, which was being closely monitored by rattled world capitals, was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the U.S. indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump’s presidential campaign.

Undeterred, the American president was set to go face to face with Putin, for whom he has expressed admiration.

The summit started late because Putin arrived in Helsinki about a half hour behind schedule.

Trump seemed to return the favor by waiting until Putin had arrived at the palace before leaving his hotel. Putin has been late for past meetings with the pope and British queen, among many others. (SD-Agencies)

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