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Democrats had called on Trump to scrap the meeting in Finland and not give Putin legitimacy on the heels of the announcement of new indictments in the special counsel probe investigating Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and Russian contacts with members of Trump's campaign team.

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States - and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea - for a low-point in U.S. -Russia relations.

US President Donald Trump on Monday said Russian Federation and US had not been getting along for the past few years but the two countries had "great opportunities". "HRC's message was projected onto the side of the Presidential Palace where the delegations and press corps are gathering for Monday's summit".

"The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in coordination with global partners, have detected Russian government actors targeting government and businesses in the energy, nuclear, water, aviation and critical manufacturing sectors", Coats said at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington on Friday. "I really think the world wants to see us get along".

- Putin didn't deny he has kompromat on Trump.

For those hoping the U.S. president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good.

But pressed directly by U.S. reporters - who Trump has referred to as "enemies of the American people" - whether he would condemn Russian Federation over the empirical evidence of their election meddling, Trump again declined - on the contrary, praising Putin for offering to participate in Mueller's investigation and nodding approvingly as Putin denied his personal involvement.

A wave of condemnation immediately followed, with lawmakers calling Republican Trump "weak" and "cowardly", while Senator John McCain said the summit was "a tragic mistake".

Trump said that he again "addressed the issue of Russian interference in our elections" with the Russian leader during their meetings on Monday.

Until the leaders met, the agenda of the talks was unclear but Trump said their discussions would involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their "mutual friend" China's Xi Jingping.

"It's a meeting. This is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama, and quite frankly some of the danger, out of the relationship right now". Coats was referred to by Trump at the Helsinki news conference, and then essentially dismissed.

Trump's attitude toward Putin will be contrasted with his actions last week at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and a visit to the United Kingdom, where he castigated USA allies for not more rapidly increasing their defense spending and involved himself in the internal affairs of British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"We've known for years that the Russians routinely try and influence USA elections", he said. Putin echoed the comment saying that the USA could help Russian Federation by assuming leadership on the humanitarian task of helping displaced Syrians return to their homes.

The most consistent critic of Trump in the upper chamber has been Flake's fellow Arizonan John McCain, who a year ago helped scuttle the president's attempt to get rid of the Affordable Health Care Act, known as Obamacare. "I can't straddle anymore", Walsh said.

"Our militaries have gotten along better than our political leaders for a number of years and we get along in Syria too", Mr Trump said.

On Syria, a possible deal could see Moscow helping mediate the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their Hezbollah proxies from the areas alongside Syria's border with Israel - a diplomatic coup that would reflect Russia's carefully cultivated ties with both Israel and Iran.

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