U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference at their summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday, where the two leaders discussed issues ranging from Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to nuclear arms proliferation, the war in Syria and cooperation on energy.
The summit took place only days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign.
During the press conference, President Trump declined to denounce Putin over Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In January of 2017, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that Putin ordered an “influence campaign” to help Trump’s election chances by discrediting his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Trump blamed “both countries” for the strained relations between the United States and Russia during Monday’s press conference, saying “the United States has been foolish.”