Trump, Putin stand alone in meeting

Mandatory Credit: Photo by ANATOLY MALTSEV/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9762785aq) Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin Russia US Summit in Helsinki, Finland - 16 Jul 2018 US President Donald J. Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) hold a joint press conference in the Hall of State at Presidential Palace following their summit talks, in Helsinki, Finland, 16 July 2018.

Every time the topic of whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election came up, President Trump leapt to the defense of the Russian president.

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