Trump made no mention of Putin's invasion, annexation and occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea; of Moscow's efforts to meddle in recent elections in Britain, France and Germany; nor of warnings from his own director of national intelligence that Russian Federation is preparing to interfere in the 2018 United States midterm elections.
"Creating safety for Israel is something both Putin and I would like to see very much", Trump said.
Mr Putin, for his part, said he and Mr Trump have maintained regular contact through phone calls and meetings at global events but "the time has come to have a thorough discussion on various worldwide problems and sensitive issues".
He just said it's not Russian Federation. "I think we really had a potential problem".
Some US politicians had called for the summit to be cancelled after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted last week by US special counsel Robert Mueller, accused of hacking the presidential campaign of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
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"Diplomacy and engagement are better than hostility", Trump said. He told CBS News that he didn't "expect anything" from Putin, while his national security adviser said the USA wasn't looking for any "concrete deliverables".
"I think this is a so-called first meeting, where the main goal apparently is to test if the dialogue runs smoothly and if a common ground can be found rather than to address some kind of concrete issues", explained Niinistö. "That's the important point that I'm trying to make", Putin said.
On Syria crisis, they agreed that the two countries should cooperate, but failed to reach any concrete details. "But if we are going to solve numerous problems facing our world, then we are going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests". He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world."It is tempting to describe the press conference as a pathetic rout - as an illustration of the perils of under-preparation and inexperience".
Mr Trump added they had discussed disagreements between their countries "at length", and accepted that relations between them have never been worse. Putin echoed the comment saying that the U.S. could help Russian Federation by assuming leadership on the humanitarian task of helping displaced Syrians return to their homes.
Trump's performance at a joint news conference with Putin in Helsinki stirred a wave of condemnation in the United States, including criticism from within his own Republican Party. But that also means holding Putin accountable, not just for election meddling but his outright aggression and complicity in Bashar al-Assad's war against the Syrian people, among other things. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is hard to calculate.
Instead, he denounced the "stupidity" of his own country's policy, especially the decision to investigate election interference.