Trump to Putin: We'll have 'an extraordinary relationship'

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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.

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in U.S. politics, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

Trump said relations between the United States and Russian Federation have "never been worse than it is now That changed, about four hours ago".

Although U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia's interference in the 2016 election was meant to help Trump and hurt his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, Trump insisted he hasn't done Moscow's bidding as president.

Trump said he and Putin would talk about "everything from trade to military to missiles to China".

"I have real confidence in my intelligence people, but I must tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial", Trump said. We are the two great nuclear powers, we have 90 percent of the world's nuclear [weapons].

"With Trump, you have to keep in mind his ego politics, and he's anxious to get good reviews, especially in comparisons to previous presidents", Hayes said, especially previous Republican presidents. "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning". "Obviously it's Important for the president to know what information we've uncovered because he's got to make very important decisions for the country".

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the minority leader, says never in the history of the country has a president supported an American adversary the way Trump supported Putin.

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"Very good start", Trump said in response to reporters as the leaders were joined by senior officials for further discussions.

"We have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about", Trump said sitting alongside Putin.

"Trump blames America, not Russian Federation, for Russia's attack on our election", former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), a conservative pundit and Trump supporter, tweeted Monday morning. "I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press", the GOP presidential nominee said at a press conference in Miami.

Trump thought Putin had an "interesting idea" when he proposed a joint investigation Russian meddling.

. Trump may dwell, as he often does, on the importance of the personal connection he established with Putin.

The Russian government allegedly interfered in the election in order to increase political instability in the U.S. and damage Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign by boosting other candidates Trump, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein.

On US-Russia cooperation in Syria, Trump stressed that both countries had the potential to "save hundreds of thousands of lives" by working together. His soon-to-be-infamous suggestion that he thought Putin might be more credible than USA intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia's election interference is obviously disturbing in itself. Trump also has agreed to sit down with Glor in Washington on Monday after his Helsinki sit-down with Putin.

Trump has refused to personally commit to the U.S. refusal to recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea, leaving open the possibility of a climbdown linked to a promise by Putin to somehow rein in Iranian influence in Syria. We'll be talking about other parts of the Middle East.

Indeed, some domestic critics wanted the Helsinki summit called off entirely after 12 Russian military agents were indicted under a long-running probe into Moscow's alleged manipulation of the 2016 election. He says there's "no evidence when it comes to the actual facts".