"Yes, I wanted him to win because he spoke of normalization of Russian-U.S. ties", he said at the news conference, acknowledging a preference that is widely suspected in Washington. "President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today".
Putin offered to allow USA investigators to question Russian military agents accused of hacking the Democratic Party during the 2016 US election campaign.
Trump couched the summit as a triumph of diplomacy, saying he was demonstrating statesmanship by agreeing to the meeting with Putin and savaging those who have expressed concern over its timing and what might have been on the table.
When asked by a reporter whether he believed the various United States institutions that asserted Russian interference or Vladimir Putin, Trump did not provide a direct answer. Observers voiced concerns that Trump's inexperience and lack of historical knowledge would put him at a disadvantage when discussing complex and consequential issues such as nuclear proliferation, NATO, Syria and other possible matters on the improvised agenda.
"I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics", he said, adding that a productive dialogue is not only good for the U.S. and Russian Federation, but is also good for the world. The summit began almost an hour later than scheduled after Mr Putin arrived late in Finland. Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin.
From the Baby Trump balloon to Putin's political football, what a week of metaphors it's been.
Storms move out of state, severe storm threat for Tuesday
Thunderstorms are more likely to happen on Tuesday , as a cold front approaches the state from the west. The chance of thunderstorms will continue until Thursday night , forecasters said.
Publicly, Putin continues to deny meddling.
At the news conference Trump was invited by reporters to offer even a single criticism of Russian Federation, but repeatedly declined.
"We all have a lot of questions and hopefully, we will come up with answers most importantly".
Arnold Schwarzenneger has branded President Trump "a little wet noodle" after Trump nearly told press he believed Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies.
The summit will follow a larger working lunch, and will conclude with a joint news conference.
As for Trump's performance at the summit, for which he is being panned by his own party, Limbaugh said he has not had the time to soak it all in yet to offer up an opinion.
US, North Korea to restart joint searches for soldiers' remains, Pompeo says
Pompeo called the talks over the weekend that led to the announcement "productive, cooperative and resulted in firm commitments". The U.S. government estimates that the North Korean government has about 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners in detention.
Dmitry Peskov told broadcaster RT that the men had no strict agenda but recognised their "special responsibility" for global stability.
After arriving at Helsinki Airport, Mr Putin was taken to the Presidential Palace in a shiny new Russian-made limousine.
In 45 devastating seconds, Schwarzenegger accuses Trump of selling out the US intelligence community and the American justice system during the press conference.
Finland, where Trump and Putin met today, is ranked fourth on the index.
Abortion-rights activists dressed as heavily pregnant Donald Trumps demonstrated on the streets of Helsinki, just a stone's throw away from where the United States and Russian presidents met. In a stroke of understatement, she called Trump's presser performance "probably the low point of the presidency so far".
Many held up placards and banners defending human rights, and denouncing racism and fascism.
Trump Calls European Union a ‘Foe’ of the United States
Trump on Saturday tweeted that the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking. He described the European Union, a bloc of nation's that includes many of America's closest allies, as a "foe".