Trump, Putin Hold Joint News Conference After Summit


Monday, July 16th 2018, 12:08 pm
By: News 9


 After a day of discussions between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland amid increasing tensions between the two nations, the two leaders are holding a joint press conference at the close of their summit.

"The world wants to see us get along," Mr. Trump remarked earlier during the leaders' first formal meeting, adding, "I think we'll end up having an extraordinary relationship."

Following their first appearance together, the two leaders sat down for a private one-on-one discussion that lasted 2 hours long. Mr. Trump told reporters at a working lunch afterwards that the meeting was "a very good start for everybody."

Mr. Trump kicked off his day by tweeting that U.S.-Russia relations were being soured by U.S. "foolishness" including the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

It was a sentiment the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared after tweeting their own response: "We agree."

Mr. Trump said he's going into his meeting with "very low expectations" in an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor. The -bilateral- summit nonetheless will be closely watched, amid concern from world leaders and U.S. lawmakers alike that the president may be too friendly toward a known adversary of the United States.

The president's top national security advisers have advised him publicly and privately to adopt a more hawkish tone towards Russia going into the summit, especially given the Justice Department's announcement Friday -- days before his meeting -- of a new round of indictments against 12 Russians for their alleged attempts to interfere in the presidential election. Democrats and some Republicans called on the president to call off the meeting, but the White House, when asked if the allegations would disrupt Mr. Trump's planned rendezvous with Putin, declared it was "still on."

Fueling European concerns about the meeting, when Glor asked Mr. Trump who he considered to be the biggest foe, he answered, "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive."

Follow along for live updates of the leaders' meeting below:

  • Trump says Putin was "strong" in his denial of election interference

    "All I can do is ask the question," Mr. Trump said when asked if he would take the time to officially denounce President Putin for influencing the election and demand he not do so again.

    Mr. Trump instead proceeded to blame the FBI and ask "what happened to Hillary Clinton's emails."

    The president said that while he has "confidence" in both parties -- the intelligence community and Russia -- Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "extremely strong and powerful."

  • Putin jokes ball is in Trump's court, hands over soccer ball

    Putin gifted Mr. Trump with a World Cup soccer ball, saying that now the "ball is in your court." Mr. Trump threw the ball to his wife Melania.

  • Did Putin want Trump to win? "Yes" he says

    Asked if Putin wanted Mr. Trump to win the 2016 presidential election amid concerns that Russia had a hand in interfering int he election process, Putin replied: "Yes, I did, yes I did, because he talked about bringing U.S.-Russia relations back to normal."

  • Putin suggest he'd "look into" extraditing indicted Russians

    Putin suggested that based on existing agreements, the U.S. should send requests to allow Russian law enforcement to interrogate and question the Russian indicted in Mueller's probe.

    He said he'd even permit Mueller's team to be present for such questioning. He noted, however that Russia would expect the same treatment from Americans and reciprocate.

    Mr. Trump later called Putin's suggestion an "incredible offer."

  • Trump says he holds U.S. and Russia accountable for 2016 interference

    "I think the U.S. has been foolish, I think we've all been foolish we all should've had this dialogue long time ago," said Mr. Trump when asked if he holds Russia accountable for anything. "

    "We both have made some mistakes," he added, once again slamming special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe as a "disaster for our country." He defended himself saying that there was "nobody to collude with."

  • Putin, Trump address natural gas pipeline

    Mr. Trump said that the two nations would be competing with regards to a natural gas pipeline. He said he was "not sure necessarily it's in the best interest of Germany" to pursue a deal with Russia.

    Putin meanwhile suggested as two major oil and gas power producers, Russia and the U.S. could work together on the regulation of international markets.

    "Neither of us is interested in the plummeting of the prices and the consumers will suffer as well," said Putin.

  • Trump says summit "only the beginning of a longer process"

    The president hailed Monday's meeting as a "first step toward a brighter future and one toward a strong dialogue and a lot of thought."

    He said that he expects the U.S. and Russia to participate in more dialogue sometime in the future.

  • Trump says Putin "wants" to address interference, denuclearization

    While vague, Mr. Trump said that the two leaders spent a "great deal of time" talking about the issue of election interference, suggesting that Putin "may want to address it and very strongly because he feels very strongly about it and he has an interesting idea."

    On nuclear proliferation, Mr. Trump said he updated Putin on his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    "After today I am very sure that President Putin and Russia want very much to end that problem and they're going to work with us and I appreciate that commitment," Mr. Trump said.

  • Trump calls summit "deeply productive"

    Mr. Trump said he engaged in "deeply productive dialogue" with Putin that "went very well."

    He said that disagreements between the two countries are "well known" and were discussed at length in the leaders' private meeting.

    "If we're going to solve many of the problems facing our world, then we're going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests."

    He claimed that the poor relationship with Russia has effectively "changed" as a result of the summit.

  • Putin again denies Russian interference in 2016

    President Putin addressed the issue of "so-called interference" in the 2016 presidential elections, saying during his meeting with Mr. Trump he reiterated his statements from the past.

    "The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into American internal affairs including the election process," Putin said. He said, however, that Russia is ready to "analyze" the issue together for through a joint working group on cyber security with the U.S.

  • Putin says "Cold War" over at start of joint press conference

    President Putin said discussions with Mr. Trump were conducted in a "frank and business-like atmosphere."

    "I think we can call it a success," he added, urging that the U.S. and Russia need to solve world issues together.

    "The current tension and atmosphere essentially have no solid reason behind it. The cold war is a thing of the past," said Putin.

    On nuclear proliferation, Putin acknlowedged that as two of the world's leading nuclear powers Russia and the U.S. "bear special responsibility for maintaining international security."

    The Russian leader also adressed the ongoing crisis in Syria saying that the task of peace and reconciliation could be a showcase of the joint effort between the U.S. and Russia.

  • Man removed before joint press conference

    CBS News' Arden Farhi reports that a person claiming to be a reporter from "The Nation" was forcibly escorted from the press conference room by security agents.

    Initially he cooperated with security and walked out of the room. When he returned, he said he was being accused of having a sign. He denied that and then brandished a piece of notebook paper with the message "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty."

It was a sentiment the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shared after tweeting their own response: "We agree."

Mr. Trump said he's going into his meeting with "very low expectations" in an interview with "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor. The -bilateral- summit nonetheless will be closely watched, amid concern from world leaders and U.S. lawmakers alike that the president may be too friendly toward a known adversary of the United States.

The president's top national security advisers have advised him publicly and privately to adopt a more hawkish tone towards Russia going into the summit, especially given the Justice Department's announcement Friday -- days before his meeting -- of a new round of indictments against 12 Russians for their alleged attempts to interfere in the presidential election. Democrats and some Republicans called on the president to call off the meeting, but the White House, when asked if the allegations would disrupt Mr. Trump's planned rendezvous with Putin, declared it was "still on."

Fueling European concerns about the meeting, when Glor asked Mr. Trump who he considered to be the biggest foe, he answered, "Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe. Russia is foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive."

Follow along for live updates of the leaders' meeting below:

  • Trump says Putin was "strong" in his denial of election interference

    "All I can do is ask the question," Mr. Trump said when asked if he would take the time to officially denounce President Putin for influencing the election and demand he not do so again.

    Mr. Trump instead proceeded to blame the FBI and ask "what happened to Hillary Clinton's emails."

    The president said that while he has "confidence" in both parties -- the intelligence community and Russia -- Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "extremely strong and powerful."

  • Putin jokes ball is in Trump's court, hands over soccer ball

    Putin gifted Mr. Trump with a World Cup soccer ball, saying that now the "ball is in your court." Mr. Trump threw the ball to his wife Melania.

  • Did Putin want Trump to win? "Yes" he says

    Asked if Putin wanted Mr. Trump to win the 2016 presidential election amid concerns that Russia had a hand in interfering int he election process, Putin replied: "Yes, I did, yes I did, because he talked about bringing U.S.-Russia relations back to normal."

  • Putin suggest he'd "look into" extraditing indicted Russians

    Putin suggested that based on existing agreements, the U.S. should send requests to allow Russian law enforcement to interrogate and question the Russian indicted in Mueller's probe.

    He said he'd even permit Mueller's team to be present for such questioning. He noted, however that Russia would expect the same treatment from Americans and reciprocate.

    Mr. Trump later called Putin's suggestion an "incredible offer."

  • Trump says he holds U.S. and Russia accountable for 2016 interference

    "I think the U.S. has been foolish, I think we've all been foolish we all should've had this dialogue long time ago," said Mr. Trump when asked if he holds Russia accountable for anything. "

    "We both have made some mistakes," he added, once again slamming special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe as a "disaster for our country." He defended himself saying that there was "nobody to collude with."

  • Putin, Trump address natural gas pipeline

    Mr. Trump said that the two nations would be competing with regards to a natural gas pipeline. He said he was "not sure necessarily it's in the best interest of Germany" to pursue a deal with Russia.

    Putin meanwhile suggested as two major oil and gas power producers, Russia and the U.S. could work together on the regulation of international markets.

    "Neither of us is interested in the plummeting of the prices and the consumers will suffer as well," said Putin.

  • Trump says summit "only the beginning of a longer process"

    The president hailed Monday's meeting as a "first step toward a brighter future and one toward a strong dialogue and a lot of thought."

    He said that he expects the U.S. and Russia to participate in more dialogue sometime in the future.

  • Trump says Putin "wants" to address interference, denuclearization

    While vague, Mr. Trump said that the two leaders spent a "great deal of time" talking about the issue of election interference, suggesting that Putin "may want to address it and very strongly because he feels very strongly about it and he has an interesting idea."

    On nuclear proliferation, Mr. Trump said he updated Putin on his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

    "After today I am very sure that President Putin and Russia want very much to end that problem and they're going to work with us and I appreciate that commitment," Mr. Trump said.

  • Trump calls summit "deeply productive"

    Mr. Trump said he engaged in "deeply productive dialogue" with Putin that "went very well."

    He said that disagreements between the two countries are "well known" and were discussed at length in the leaders' private meeting.

    "If we're going to solve many of the problems facing our world, then we're going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests."

    He claimed that the poor relationship with Russia has effectively "changed" as a result of the summit.

  • Putin again denies Russian interference in 2016

    President Putin addressed the issue of "so-called interference" in the 2016 presidential elections, saying during his meeting with Mr. Trump he reiterated his statements from the past.

    "The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into American internal affairs including the election process," Putin said. He said, however, that Russia is ready to "analyze" the issue together for through a joint working group on cyber security with the U.S.

  • Putin says "Cold War" over at start of joint press conference

    President Putin said discussions with Mr. Trump were conducted in a "frank and business-like atmosphere."

    "I think we can call it a success," he added, urging that the U.S. and Russia need to solve world issues together.

    "The current tension and atmosphere essentially have no solid reason behind it. The cold war is a thing of the past," said Putin.

    On nuclear proliferation, Putin acknlowedged that as two of the world's leading nuclear powers Russia and the U.S. "bear special responsibility for maintaining international security."

    The Russian leader also adressed the ongoing crisis in Syria saying that the task of peace and reconciliation could be a showcase of the joint effort between the U.S. and Russia.

  • Man removed before joint press conference

    CBS News' Arden Farhi reports that a person claiming to be a reporter from "The Nation" was forcibly escorted from the press conference room by security agents.

    Initially he cooperated with security and walked out of the room. When he returned, he said he was being accused of having a sign. He denied that and then brandished a piece of notebook paper with the message "Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty."

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