About the most innocent explanation you can offer for Trump's muted attitude toward Russia's and Vladimir Putin's 2016 actions is that he doesn't like to talk about it - that he feels the whole thing undermines his legitimacy as president.
With Trump set to have a closed-door meeting with Russia President Vladimir Putin on Monday, it's clear that The Donald is creating a larger divide between us and our true allies while getting closer with the leader of the same country that meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
He said their discussions will involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their "mutual friend", Chinese President Xi Jingping.
Mr Trump went on to say that "most importantly we have a lot of good things to talk about and things to talk about".
"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". "But I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship. We are the two great nuclear powers", he said.
Mr Trump's meeting with the Russian President comes days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted in the United States over alleged of Democrats ahead of the 2016 USA election.
While staying in his Scottish resort in Turnberry, Trump said in a CBS interview: "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said, adding that "you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".
Many US critics had called for the summit's cancellation after new revelations surrounding the alleged election meddling. I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing.
The meeting comes just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted Friday in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe into meddling in the 2016 USA election.
Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from Helsinki, said Trump failed to highlight the issues that seemed to be viewed as the most important in his country.
Trump said Sunday that he has "low expectations" for the meeting, but told reporters earlier Monday only that he thinks the meeting will go "fine", refusing to elaborate on what they might discuss.
"Those are all very important global issues, but he didn't mention them", he added.
Kremlin officials say Putin is expected to once again deny that any Russians meddled in the U.S. election.
Trump tweeted: "Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!", referring to the current investigation by the special counsel into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs tweeted back: "We agree".
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said he hoped the summit would be "the first step" in overcoming a crisis in diplomatic relations.
Many fear that Trump - in his eagerness to prove that he was right to seek the summit with Putin despite U.S. political opposition - may give up too much ground.