Mueller Will Likely Get Recording of Trump/Putin Meeting

Arnold Nichols
July 16, 2018

The one-on-one Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki has been ongoing for more than two hours.

No Americans were charged with knowingly taking part in the hacking scheme, although that's a continuing subject of investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

During his Europe tour, Trump has been combative with traditional USA allies at every stage - beginning at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he chastised European leaders for not spending more on defense.

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, often dismissing the special counsel's probe as a "witch hunt".

Both leaders also said they would work together to help resolve the Syrian crisis.

"NATO was a little bit tough at the beginning and it turned out to be love", replied Trump.

Before the meeting began at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Mr Trump told reporters: "We have a lot of good things to talk about, and things to talk about". The White House had scheduled 90 minutes for the meeting.

He told CBS News that he didn't "expect anything" from Putin, while his national security adviser said the USA wasn't looking for any "concrete deliverables".

In terms of election meddling, Mr Baklitsky said Russian Federation would deny, as it long has, interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote that brought Mr Trump to power. "This is a developing situation that we will be following closely", Graf said.

Trump and Putin have held talks several times before.

President Trump, when asked directly by an Associated Press reporter to condemn Russia's attack on the 2016 election, instead praised President Putin's denial, attacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and went on a rant about missing emails belonging to his 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

" Before his private discussion with Putin, Trump told reporters that he meant to discuss "everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China". "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship". Donald, who has quickly gained a reputation of arriving late to meetings, was left hanging ahead of his face-to-face with Putin in Finland.

While Trump spoke more extensively amid incessant clicks of cameras, Putin said only that "the time has come to talk thoroughly about bilateral relations as well as various hotspots in the world". He pointed to his efforts to boost US oil exports and increase military spending as measures that would not win any points with Putin.

The Russian leader was also asked about claims that he holds compromising material on Trump; there have always been rumours of a video tape in which Trump was caught in a Russian hotel with sex workers.

Both leaders were also greeted with a large billboard advertisement purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the nation's largest newspaper, which bashed the Trump and Putin as being enemies of journalism and a free press. The Russian president disagreed with Trump on the issue and concluded that "the Crimea question is closed for Russia".

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