Trump, Putin Meet for One-on-One Summit in Helsinki

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down for their first official one-on-one summit on Monday amid questions of the extent to which the topic of Russian meddling in the 2016 election will be discussed.

“I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. I hope so,” Trump told reporters as he sat down with Putin at the top of their meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Their summit is being held in the Gothic Hall at the presidential palace.

As he sat next to Putin, he said, “We are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90% of the nuclear [weapons] and that is not a good thing that is a bad thing, and hopefully we can do something about that, because it is not a positive force, it is a negative force.”

The summit is scheduled to last 90 minutes, but will include only translators. They will then have an expanded meeting and lunch with U.S. and Russian officials, followed by a press statement and perhaps a press conference. Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are scheduled to interview Trump afterward, landing sit-downs with the president post-summit. Hannity’s interview will air first as the first exclusive. Fox News’ Chris Wallace will interview Putin.


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