Summit bromance resets ties
Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world's greatest nuclear powers at their first summit on Monday, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow's alleged manipulation of US elections.
The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting in Helsinki expressing a desire to cooperate on global challenges, after talks on an array of issues from Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals.
Standing alongside Putin at a joint news conference, Trump said he had "spent a great deal of time talking about" election meddling.
When pressed about the verdict of his own intelligence chiefs, Trump said, "I don't see any reason why it would be" Russia
"President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today." Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs."
The US leader, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.