Trump says a productive dialogue between the US and Russian Federation is good for both countries and "is good for the world".
Donald Trump wrote on his Twitter account. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news". On Sunday evening, the US President plans to take off for Helsinki, where he is to meet with Putin on the following day.
Trump made the startling claim ahead of his first, high-risk summit with Putin in Helsinki. "But I go in with low expectations".
While Trump was seen as hopeful about the meeting's outcome, Putin talked about the "problem areas of the world". They will then have an expanded meeting and lunch with US and Russian officials, followed by a press conference. Frankly, we have not been getting along very well for the last number of years.
The meeting comes just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged by a USA federal grand jury for hacking the Democrats ahead of the 2016 election.
President Donald Trump has already reached an agreement with one top Russian government official, who appears to be in lockstep with the USA leader, at least on Twitter, over his assessment of White House-Kremlin relations.
"Tell us where you're going to extradite those folks", said Representative Trey Gowdy, who chaired a raucous House investigative hearing on Thursday that highlighted bitter, partisan divisions within the U.S. Congress over a probe of Russian election meddling that has clouded Trump's presidency.
In his complaints against other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Trump urged the member countries to contribute greater funds for the expenditure of the military alliance formed in 1949 to contain the perceived threat of the erstwhile Soviet Union.
That's something many Americans have wondered, since Trump's recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting has been called a disaster by critics.
The summit, which was being closely monitored by rattled world capitals, was condemned in advance by members of Congress from both parties after the United States indictment last week of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in the 2016 election to help Trump's presidential campaign.
America and the European Union are best friends.
Friday's charges against the 12 Russian officers alleging they hacked Democratic computer networks in 2016 represented the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump.
Trump has adopted the phrase "Rigged Witch Hunt!" to describe the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, into meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which last week indicted a dozen Russian military intelligence officers for hacking and leaking Democratic party emails. He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians. The vehicle that then whizzed Mr Putin through Helsinki's blocked-off streets also symbolised the rising global prestige that Mr Putin has cast himself as bestowing upon Russian Federation. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.