U.S. President Donald Trump touched down in Helsinki on Sunday on the eve of his controversial summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
Trump, who’d spent the weekend in Scotland after his official visit to the UK, was due to spend the night in the Finnish capital before his one-on-one meeting with the Russian strongman in a bid to thaw relations between the two countries.
The much-anticipated summit has come under greater scrutiny with Democrats demanding it be called off after a grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents of hacking into the 2016 elections.
Other critics of the U.S. president say the only justification for the meeting is to demand that the indicted 12 be extradited for trial over what is termed an ‘act of war’.
But this is highly unlikely as Trump has continued to play down Russian involvement in the election, insisting the FBI probe is a ‘witch hunt’.
He promised to bring up the matter with Putin though, but few are optimistic as he said he already knew what the Russian leader would say.