Our relationship had never been worse… but that changed four hours ago’: Trump hails ‘open and deeply productive’ two-hour private talk with Putin (and he even gave his new BFF a wink)

Our relationship had never been worse… but that changed four hours ago’: Trump hails ‘open and deeply productive’ two-hour private talk with Putin (and he even gave his new BFF a wink)

By Geoff Earle, Deputy U.s. Political Editor For Dailymail.com In Helsinki and Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com

07:22 EDT 16 Jul 2018, updated 12:04 EDT 16 Jul 2018

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‘Our relationship had never been worse… but that changed four hours ago’: Trump hails ‘open and deeply productive’ two-hour…

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• President Trump is in Helsinki, Finland for a summit with Vladimir Putin that is running behind

• He was to meet the Russian president for 90 minutes one-on-one but talks lasted two hours

• Putin was late to the summit, as well, pushing it back by an hour right after the bat 

• Trump began Monday by bashing the Mueller probe, ‘Crooked Hillary,’ and Barack Obama and went after U.S. ‘foolishness and stupidity’ dealing with Russia

• Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs said it agreed with him in a response

• Trump earlier vented that no matter how well he does he won’t be appreciated 

• Blasted the media as the ‘enemy of the people,’ a term used in Soviet times, over the weekend 

• Said that Democrats and his critics would go after him even if ‘I was given the great city of Moscow’ 

• The shots came after indictments of 12 Russian spies accused of election hack conspiracy  

• Trump said in an interview taped Saturday of his meeting with Putin: ‘I go in with low expectations’  

• There is no clear agenda for Monday’s meeting and no ‘deliverables’ agreed to in Helsinki  

• Foreign policy experts worried the president would promise concessions to Putin – Trump could pledge to ease sanctions or cut U.S. military exercises in Europe   

Russian President Vladimir Putin told a room full of U.S. and Russian reporters that he wanted Donald Trump to win the presidency in 2016.

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And Trump hailed a new thaw in U.S.-Russia relations has already begun following a two-hour private meeting between the two men.

In a bizarre press conference, Putin denied having compromising information on Trump – even as he touted his own spy skills. And Trump denied the infamous dirty dossier by saying if the dirt were real it would have come out already.

‘And now to the compromising material …’ Putin, a former KGB colonel responded when asked if the Russians hold compromising leverage over Trump.

‘I do know how dossiers are made up,’ Putin joked, referring to his past.

But Trump was having none of it – at a press conference where he demanded someone find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, pointed to a server associated with a House Democratic staffer, and accepted a soccer ball from Putin after congratulating the Russian team’s performance at the World Cup.

‘And I have to say if they had it, it would have been out long ago,’ Trump interjected, referencing unverified claims in the Steele dossier about his conduct in a Moscow hotel room during the Miss Universe Pageant before he was president.

‘Our relationship has never been worse than it is now. However that changed as of about four hours ago,’ the president told a packed room of reporters in Helsinki at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The men met for more than two hours, one-on-one, with no notetaker or staff, before larger meeting. Trump raised the hot issue of Russian interference in the presidential election, both presidents confirmed.

Putin, addressing reporters first, referred to it as ‘so-called interference.’

‘I had to reiterate things I said several times,’ Putin said, summarizing the conversation.

The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal am affairs including election process.

‘We have both made some mistakes,’ Trump said later on election interference.

‘The probe is a disaster for our country,’ he said.

‘There was no collusion at all,’ Trump said. He said he ‘beat Hillary Clinton easitly.

‘Zero collusion – and it has had a negative impact on the relationship of the two largest nuclear powers in the world,’ Trump said. ‘It’s ridiculous what’s going on with the probe.’

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President Donald Trump’s private conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki blew past an allotted 90 minutes and went on for more than two hours on Monday.

Their talks were running wildly behind schedule after Putin landed an hour late in Finland, and Trump refused to depart his overnight accommodations for the summit site until the rival leader was on the ground.

Close talks that were held in private pushed the summit schedule back another half-hour after the leaders talked alone for two hours and 10 minutes, according to government officials.

As their second meeting began, President Trump said talks were off to a ‘very good start’ in brief remarks to press.

‘I think it’s a good start. Very, very good start for everybody,’ he said at a working lunch.

At the start of their first session Trump talked of ‘great opportunities’ between the two nations at a time of extreme tension between the nuclear powers and predicted they would have an ‘extraordinary relationship.’

Asked about election meddling by reporters, Trump did not respond. Putin appeared to smirk.

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President Donald Trump’s private conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki blew past an allotted 90 minutes and went on for more than two hours on Monday

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (R), U.S. President Donald Trump (C) and First lady Melania Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, Finland

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After two hours of talks, the two leaders finally moved into an expanded bilateral

‘It’s great to be with you,’ Trump told Putin at the start of a planned 90-minute meeting. ‘I look forward to our personal discussion,’ he told the Russian president.

The friendly greeting overlooked a Justice Department announcement on Friday the indictments of a dozen Russian spies accused of hacking the presidential election and warnings from the intelligence community that Moscow was likely to meddle in U.S. politics in 2018 again.

‘Frankly we have not been getting along very well for the latest couple of years,’ Trump said, in his first remarks to Putin, but he made no direct reference to the charged issue.

A second, expanded meeting with their aides followed the one-on-one, with a joint press conference on the schedule after that.

The president said he and Putin would discuss trade, military issues, missiles, and China.

He opened the summit with conciliatory gestures – allowing Putin to speak first, and praising the recently concluded World Cup held in Russia as well as the performance of the Russian national team. 

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the start of their first summit meeting in Helsinki

‘I think the world wants to see us get along we are the two great nuclear powers. We have 90 per cent of the nuclear and that’s not a good thing,’ Trump said.

‘It’s a bad thing and we hopefully can do something about that because it’s not a positive force. It’s a negative force, so we’ll be talking about that among other things.’ Then he added: ‘We all have a lot of questions and hopefully we’ll come up with answers.’

‘Most importantly we have a lot of good things to talk about,’ Trump said after opening his remarks with praise for Russia’s hosting of the World Cup.

‘I want to congratulate you on a really great World Cup, one of the best ever,’ Trump exlcaimed.

Trump and Putin come face to face as they meet in Helsinki

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‘I watched quite a bit and in the United States we call it soccer,’ Trump informed him.  ‘And also for your team itself doing so well,’ Trump gushed. ‘And I watched quite a bit of it and I watched the entire final.

Trump said: ‘They were really spectacular games but it was beautifully done.’

‘Congratulations on that,’ Trump said.  ‘And with that, the world awaits, and I look forward to our personal discussion.’

Trump invited Putin to speak first.  The Russian leaned onto one arm of his armchair in an ornate room while the U.S. president hunched forward in his seat.

He was much more terse, and much less revealing, than his American counterpart.

‘The time has come to talk thoroughly about bilateral relations as well as various hotspots in the world,’ Putin said. He said the summit was part of ‘continued constant contacts’ between them.

‘It is my pleasure to meet you here on hospitable Finnish soil in Helsinki,’ Putin began.

At the end of their remarks, when U.S. reporters tried to ask about election meddling, Putin smirked and said nothing. Trump ignored the questions.

Their meeting was held in the Gothic Hall in the palace of the Finnish president.

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President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018

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Trump said getting along with Russia would be a ‘good thing, not a bad thing’, in opening remarks in front of media before the closed-door meeting

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 The summit in Helsinki consists of a one-on-one meeting and a larger working lunch, and will conclude with a joint news conference

President Donald Trump set the tone for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday by tweeting about ‘Crooked Hillary’ and the ‘Rigged Witch Hunt’ – and claiming that Washington is to blame for frosty relations between the two countries.

He also claimed that President Obama thought Russian meddling was ‘no big deal’ in a message blasting his predecessor.

‘Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!’ Trump wrote.

In faulting the U.S. for the bitter relationship that has ebbed and flowed for decades and turned especially toxic after election meddling charges in 2016, Trump curried favor with Moscow in advance of Putin’s arrival.

Russia’s ministry of foreign affairs said ‘we agree’ in a tweet responding to the shocking accusation.

Trump was due to meet one-on-one hours later with Putin in a meeting scheduled to last for 90-minutes – but the Russian president arrived late to Helsinki after hosting the World Cup Championship in Moscow the evening before.

Putin’s tardy landing pushed the summit schedule back by an hour and sent a signal to the U.S. government that Moscow is running the show in Helsinki.

Facing criticism that he won’t bring sufficient pressure on on Putin – who the U.S. accuses of overseeing a range of ‘malign’ activities – the president went after his domestic political opponents and U.S. investigators on Twitter.

He added, after raising doubts about the cohesion of the U.S. military alliance set up to counter the old Soviet Union: ‘NATO has never been more together.’

But after stirring up yet another confrontation on the eve of a major diplomatic encounter, Trump reassured the world at the top of a breakfast with the Finnish president: ‘We’ll do just fine.’

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LATE: Russian President Vladimir Putin kept President Trump waiting for an HOUR an on Monday

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President Donald Trump began the day of his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin by tweeting about ‘Crooked Hillary’ Clinton and the ‘Rigged Witch Hunt’ – and claiming President Obama thought Russian meddling was ‘no big deal’

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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto talk on the balcony of Niinisto’s official residence in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018 prior to his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital. (Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva via AP)

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President Donald Trump (2ndR) and First Lady Melania Trump (2ndL) pose with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio (L) at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki on Monday

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An advert by Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat stating “Mr. President, welcome to the land of free press” is seen on the wall of Helsinki Music Centre in Helsinki. Trump on Sunday called the media ‘enemies of the American people’ again

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In blaming the U.S. for the bitter relationship that has ebbed and flowed for decades and turned especially toxic after the intelligence community said it had evidence that the Kremlin directed 2016 election meddling, Trump curried favor with Moscow in advance of Putin’s arrival

Donald Trump meets Finnish president Sauli Niinisto

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Trump and Putin will jointly address the press this afternoon following the summit meeting some observers are already calling a victory for Putin, who is looking to end Russian isolation following the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman said Sunday in no uncertain terms that sanctions for the bad behavior would stay on. However, Trump’s tweets blaming Obama for the incursion and election interference suggest he could be persuaded to take a different tact.

‘President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it,’ Trump wrote from Helsinki, where the summit is taking place Monday.

‘When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!’ he said, referencing the FBI lawyer who was grilled in Congress last week.

Russia said ahead of the summit that it as ‘ready’ to discuss the topic of election meddling and ‘mutual obligations’ that the countries have not interfere in each other’s affairs, RIA news agency reported.

‘We are ready to discuss, ready to undertake mutual obligations of non-intervention into internal matters,’ the news agency quoted a Russian source as saying, according to a translation provided by Reuters.

The statement seemed to refer to Trump’s charges that Germany should not have entered into a pipeline deal with a state-owned energy company in Russia.

Trump departs Finnish president’s residence returning to hotel

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Trump called out U.S. ‘foolishness and stupidity rather than Russia’s own actions as the cause of poor relations

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Trump also lashed out at predecessor President Barack Obama and rival Hillary Clinton, whose staff is shown to have fallen under a Russia-directed hack attack in a new federal indictment

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Trump also went after the media and declared a ‘truly great’ NATO summit took place

Trump did not revisit the issue in his tweets on Monday. But he did return to friction within NATO, having berated Germany and other allies for not spending enough on defense. Trump proclaimed it a ‘truly great Summit’ – even as it put allied nations’ divisions on display.

‘Received many calls from leaders of NATO countries thanking me for helping to bring them together and to get them focused on financial obligations, both present & future. We had a truly great Summit that was inaccurately covered by much of the media. NATO is now strong & rich!’ Trump wrote.

The tweet came hours after a Sunday evening missive where he referred to the European Union as a ‘foe.’

EU Council Chairman Donald Tusk said in a reply that was obviously meant for Trump: ‘America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news.’

Tusk used Trump’s words against him in mentioning ‘fake news’ in his response. The U.S. president routinely brands coverage ‘fake news’ that he does not like.

‘Europe and China, America and Russia, today in Beijing and in Helsinki, are jointly responsible for improving the world order, not for destroying it,’ Tusk said in another tweet. ‘I hope this message reaches Helsinki,’ he added.

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President Donald Trump, left, and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto talk on the balcony of Niinisto’s official residence in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018 prior to his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital

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Jenni Haukio, wife of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, talks to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, on the balcony of Niinisto’s official residence in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018 prior to his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital

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President Donald Trump, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and Robert Frank Pence Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Finland participate in a breakfast with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018

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First lady Melania Trump went into private talks with her Finnish counterpart while their husbands 

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Trump said repeatedly during the presidential campaign it would be better if the U.S. could ‘get along’ with Russia and was poised on Monday to make good on his commitment to improve relations.

First, the president and first lady Melania Trump attended a formal greeting with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and First Lady Jenni Haukio at a breakfast that took place before Putin’s Helsinki arrival.

Trump landed in Helsinki for his high-stakes summit with Putin on Sunday after ranting that no set of concessions – no matter how large the consequences – would be good enough for media critics he branded the ‘enemy of the people.’

‘Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia,’ he said, ‘over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn’t good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!’

Trump sent out the missive focusing about how his actions would be perceived in the press after indicating in an interview that he had low expectations for the summit and failing to articulate what goals he had in mind for the face-to-face.

If he was planning to drive a hard bargain with Putin, a former KGB colonel with a grip on power in Moscow, he didn’t show it. Asked in a broadcast interview about his goal for the summit, Trump replied: ‘I’ll let you know after the meeting.’

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The president waived to greeters as he arrived in Helsinki

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland, July 15, 2018

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The first lady wore a white shirt and a long tailored jacket

Trumps arrive in Helsinki ahead of the summit with Putin

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Putin arrived basking in the glow of a successful World Cup tournament that France won in a match Sunday evening local time while Trump was in the air. Trump congratulated Putin on the tournament in the same tweet where he celebrated the victorious French team.

Both Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron were on hand in the pouring rain to shake hands of the winning French teammates in St. Petersburg.

Trump sent out the pre-spin amid fears from his political rivals that he would give ground to Putin, a strategic adversary to U.S. policy goals, having been criticized since the campaign for his refusal to criticize Putin.

Among critics mostly on the left, Putin is sometimes described as Trump’s ‘handler,’ and since Friday’s indictments the billionaire president has variously been described as an ‘asset’ or even an agent for Putin.

The president didn’t do much to dissuade his rivals by piling on criticism of European allies in an interview that aired on Sunday with CBS.

‘Well I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade,’ Trump volunteered to CBS when asked about his goal for the summit. ‘Now you wouldn’t think of the European Union but they’re a foe,’ Trump said.

Protesters take to Helsinki streets ahead of Trump-Putin summit

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Trump has said that Putin is a ‘competitor’ but not an ‘enemy’ or even a ‘friend.’

‘He’s been very nice to me the times I’ve met him. I’ve been nice to him. He’s a competitor,’ Trump said of Putin at the NATO summit where he went after Germany. ‘You know, somebody was saying, “Is he an enemy?” No, he’s not my enemy. ‘Is he a friend?’ No, I don’t know him well enough,’ Trump said.

He has said he will raise the issue of election meddling – but also said he won’t be ‘Perry Mason’ and try to extract a confession from Putin.

Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, who is traveling with the president, said there were classified activities that he is not at liberty to talk about to deter interference in the elections going forward.

‘I think it’s very clear the president’s determined that we’re not going to have any outsider interfere with the integrity of our electoral process,’ Bolton told ABC’s ‘This Week.’

On Air Force One, the president wrote in tweets that the media is nonetheless setting him up to fail, saying that ‘much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people’ in a bombastic message that followed a gripe about North Korea shortly before that had ended with him calling the press ‘fake news.’

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President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Helsinki Sunday evening

Trumps leave Scotland and head to Helsinki for Putin summit

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President Trump set the tone for his Helsinki summit in tweets on Sunday morning en route to Finland

President Trump left Scotland as he heads to Helsinki summit

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Trump said all that Democrats ‘know how to do is resist and obstruct! This is why there is such hatred and dissension in our country – but at some point, it will heal!’

The president only had kind words for Putin, saying he was ‘looking forward to meeting’ with him in one tweet, and asserting that the Russian leader had put ‘on a truly great World Cup Tournament’ in another.

Unlike his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, where the president at least pushed for a denuclearization deal as he claimed that the meeting itself was an accomplishment, Trump has been hesitant to set any expectations for Helsinki at all.

‘I go in with low expectations,’ the president told CBS News. ‘I’m not going with high expectations.’

When CBS News asked him about his goals for his the meeting with Putin, Trump responded: ‘I’ll let you know after the meeting’ and promised ‘nothing bad’ will come out of it.

Trump could promise to ease sanctions or cut U.S. military operations in Europe without consulting the State Department or the Pentagon. Moscow is under U.S. and international sanctions for its seizure of Crimea in 2014.

The president made a similar move in his meeting with Kim, where he announced the U.S. would cease a joint military exercise with South Korea – a major concession to Pyongyang and a surprise to the Pentagon and U.S. allies.

Trump said Thursday if he could consider ending U.S. military exercises in the Baltic states.’

‘Perhaps we’ll talk about that,’ he said.

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EU President Donald Tusk responded to Trump’s claim the EU was a ‘foe’ on trade

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump talk during a break of a leader’s meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Da Nang, Vietnam in November

Protestors take to the streets of Edinburgh to oppose Donald Trump

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President Trump, who golfed in Scotland this weekend, has foreign policy experts worried he could offer concessions to Putin

Huntsman said Sunday that he doesn’t expect any changes to the United States’ position on Crimea.On Sunday on NBC, Huntsman insisted the meeting is not a summit, however.

Huntsman categorized it as a ‘meeting’ and claimed that the ‘summit’ characterization is wrong, even though he had also used the term.

On an on-the-record call with reporters in advance of Trump’s trip to Europe, he’d said: ‘I harken back to some summits that I’ve done before, all the way back to Ronald Reagan where I helped to prepare Reagan’s first trip to China and Barack Obama’s trip to China in 2009. And what is important in all these cases is dialogue. And this can take many forms. But what is important here is that we start a discussion.

‘We’ve had discussions on the margins of meetings — Hamburg, G20, the APEC meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, but this really is the first opportunity for a sit-down and to begin that very important dialogue, much the way we saw President Reagan do it with Mikhail Gorbachev, or Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev,’ he said.

Helsinki has been the site of other historic summits between the United States and Russia.

In 1975, 35 nations met there in an attempt to improve relations between the Communists and the West, signing The Helsinki Accords.

In March 1997, then-President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin met in Helsinki on security and economic issues.

President Trump is approaching his Putin meeting with his typical confidence that his personality and instincts will give him the edge.

Trump said that history of negotiations helped him get a read on Kim after he met the North Korean leader in Singapore. He told DailyMail.com in the Oval Office, that he’d been ‘preparing’ all his live and didn’t need additional briefings.

The president prides himself on his ability to read people and often breaches diplomatic protocol in favor of one-on-one conversations.

In July of last year, when Trump met with Putin at the G20 gathering, the meeting between the two men that was originally scheduled for 30 minutes went well over the two-hour mark. It ran so long that first lady Melania Trump was sent in to try and end it, although she failed in her attempt.

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