All eyes were on Finland this morning, as U.S. President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down face to face for the first time since all hell broke loose in the #RussiaGate farce.
This meeting wasn’t supposed to even happen, and it’s important to remember that. The democrats were vehemently opposed to Donald Trump confronting Vladimir Putin after Rod Rosenstein’s latest round of indictments, which dragged another 12 Russian assets into the ongoing investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller. Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and others attempted to shame the President in the media last week on the very subject…something that doesn’t often go well when confronting The Donald.
Now, after a few hours staring across the negotiating table at one another in Helsinki, Trump and Putin have emerged to let the world know that progress was made, and they did so without mincing words.
The US President, speaking alongside Putin at a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, admitted that the relationship between the two countries ‘has never been worse’ – before adding ‘but that changed as of about four hours ago’.
Trump said that ‘we’ve all been foolish… we’ve both made mistakes’ and that today’s summit at the Finnish Presidential Palace was just the beginning of a process of restoring ties.
‘It is in the interest of both of our countries to continue our conversation and we have agreed to do so,’ Trump said, having earlier shot a wink at the Kremlin strongman ahead of their private talks.
The wink is a good sign, folks. Don’t let the left lead you astray on that as I’m sure they will.
Putin, meanwhile, said the US and Russia needed to solve problems together and that Moscow was ready for intelligence cooperation with America on terrorism and cyber threats.
In a lighthearted moment, Putin gave Trump a soccer ball from the 2018 World Cup to symbolise North America hosting the tournament in 2026. The US President said his son would like the gift and threw it into the audience – apparently to his wife Melania.
Of course, as he is known for, Trump’s vigorous handshake almost took Vladimir Putin out of his chair:
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