Finnish paper targets Trump and Putin with billboards on press freedom

Finnish paper targets Trump and Putin with billboards on press freedom

Finnish paper targets Trump and Putin with billboards on press freedom

On Monday morning, just before heading to his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Trump tweeted some more political analysis from Bizarro World.

The drama between Trump and Putin will play out at the imposing 19th Century presidential palace in Helsinki. 300 billboards on the routes from the airport to the summit are filled with news headlines regarding presidents' attitude towards the press freedom.

The summit started late because Putin arrived in Helsinki about a half hour behind schedule in another display of the Russian's leader famous lack of punctuality. He added, "The media shouldn't be the lap dog of any president or regime".

The dynamics of Monday's meeting between the two world leaders are complicated by the allegations of Russian meddling in the US election and the special counsel's search for links between Russia and members of President Trump's campaign.

Meanwhile, Finns took to the streets of Helsinki on the eve of the summit to voice displeasure with both men.

In Helsinki on Monday, Trump and Putin are expected to discuss Syria, Ukraine, nuclear weapons, and other issues without much of a solid agenda.

Trump reached out to shake Putin's hand, before the media were ushered out. "Fuck you both", read another carried by two young women. She added that Trump also said: "Don't walk away". I've been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses, so they couldn't. I frankly don't expect - I go in with very low expectations.

Mr Trump has lashed out at Brussels' trading policies with the USA, during a pre-summit interview with CBS News, dubbing the European Union in the same category as Russian Federation and China as trade rivals.

"I think we have great opportunities..."

'He began tapping his fingertips together as soon as the small pre-meeting conference began in a gesture of irritation and Putin replied in kind with several finger fiddle or scratching gestures to suggest matching irritation. Putin hopes the meeting, mere hours after he presided over the World Cup finals, will help him forge good personal ties with Trump and focus on areas where Moscow and Washington may be able to find common ground, such as Syria.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse", Trump tweeted today, blaming "many years of United States foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". "I think the European Union is a foe".

Peskov said Putin respects Trump's "America first" stance because he also puts Russian Federation first, but that the only way to make progress at the summit is if both sides are open to finding areas of mutual benefit. "I don't really, I can't tell you what's going to happen".

While Trump has been overseas since last week, the special prosecutor investigating allegations that Russia interfered to help him win the 2016 presidential election indicted 12 Russians on Friday for stealing Democratic Party documents.

The previous two questions were about Russian Federation, and then Trump is asked about who his biggest global foe is right now.

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs tweeted its response, saying "We agree". China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe.

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