For his part, Trump first congratulated Putin with the successful organisation of “one of the best World Cups of all times”. He said their discussions would involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their “mutual friend” China’s Xi Jinping. Trump also said that “getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing”.
Shortly before the summit opened, Trump was asked if he would press Putin over alleged Russian meddling in the US presidential campaign. He said only: “We’ll do just fine.”
Many US critics had called for the summit’s cancellation after new revelations surrounding the alleged election meddling. But Trump has insisted it is “a good thing to meet”. Last week, US authorities indicted twelve Russian military intelligence officers for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.