President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrived in Helsinki late Sunday night for his long-awaited summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Though this is not the first time the two world leaders have met, Monday’s summit will be the first sit down meeting between the two leaders since President Trump’s inauguration.
Coming on the heels of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s suspiciously timed round of indictments against a dozen Russian military intelligence officials, Democratic lawmakers were highly critical of President Trump and his decision to move forward as planned with Putin.
Meanwhile, President Trump had more than a few choice words for his political opponents in return. He publically berated his political opponents blaming them for their woefully transparent attempts to sabotage this meeting between the two world leaders with the indictments.
Just scant hours prior to sitting down with the Russian leader, President Trump took to Twitter to blast former President Barack Obama, blaming him for the so-called Russian interference during the 2016 election stating in no uncertain terms that it was clear Obama knew about the interference, yet chose to do nothing. President Trump also took the opportunity to blast his political opponents for allowing U.S./Russia relations to deteriorate to a point where it “has never been worse.”
The Sun reports of the events –
“As the leaders locked eyes over the small table separating them, Trump, 72, gave the Russian president a cheeky wink.
Putin, 65, replied with a curt smile and gestures for the former reality TV star to say a few words before they retreated to a private meeting room.
Trump opened by praising Russia for hosting what he thought was one of the “best ever” World Cups.
He went on to say he wanted good relations with Russia and blamed Washington’s own “foolishness and stupidity” for the hostile ties.
He added: “I’ve been saying… that getting along with Russia is a good thing not a bad thing.
Trump said they would talk about a range of subjects, listing trade, the military, nuclear weapons and China.
But, at least in his public remarks, he mentioned none of the issues which have lately brought US-Russian relations to their lowest point since the Cold War.
These include Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine, its support for Bashar al-Assad, accusations the Kremlin poisoned a spy in England and meddled in US elections.
Instead, Trump saved his public criticism for his own country in tweets before the summit.