President Donald Trump has arrived at Finland’s Presidential Palace in Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing,” President Trump stated this morning. This is a statement the president has made to the media in the past, and reiterated this morning to the press in Helsinki.
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The one-on-one meeting, followed by a working lunch, will conclude with a joint press conference, according to AP.
The meeting comes just days after the US Justice Department indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for their role in the hacking of the 2016 presidential campaign.
“President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation will meet on July 16, 2018, in Helsinki, Finland. The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House statement said.
The joint press conference is expected to start at 10:00 a.m. US Eastern time.
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