Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

The outcome of the first summit between the unpredictable first-term American president and Russia’s steely-eyed longtime leader is anybody’s guess. What Trump wants from Russia has long been one of the great mysteries of his presidency.

The president will go into the summit followed by whispers about his ties to Moscow, questions that have grown only more urgent since the Justice Department last week indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of interfering in the 2016 election in an effort to help Trump. (AP)

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<p>Russia’s President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin offers a ball of the 2018 football World Cup to US President Donald Trump during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, speaks during a news conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, listens as Vladimir Putin, Russia’s President, speaks during a news conference in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

<p>US President Donald Trump (L) listens as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

US President Donald Trump (L) listens as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attend a joint press conference of the US and Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attend a joint press conference of the US and Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin shake hands before attending a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks at U.S. first lady Melania Trump as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hold a press conference after a meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov looks at U.S. first lady Melania Trump as U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin hold a press conference after a meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, left, looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, looks to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint press conference of the US and Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a joint press conference of the US and Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russian President Vladimir Putin smiles during a press conference with U.S. President Donald Trump after the meeting of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man is escorted out of the press conference room ahead a joint press conference of the US and Russian presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

A man is escorted out of the press conference room ahead a joint press conference of the US and Russian presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A man is escorted out of the press conference room for having a sign reading “Nuclear weapon Ban Treaty” ahead a joint press conference of the US and Russian presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

A man is escorted out of the press conference room for having a sign reading “Nuclear weapon Ban Treaty” ahead a joint press conference of the US and Russian presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>The press conference room is pictured ahead the joint press conference of the U.S. and the Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

The press conference room is pictured ahead the joint press conference of the U.S. and the Russian Presidents after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. (Photo: Lehtikuva/Heikki Saukkomaa/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and others wait for a working lunch meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and others wait for a working lunch meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with US President Donald Trump at the Presidential Palace. (Photo: Mikhail Metzel\TASS via Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin meets with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, listens to a statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, second from left, listens to a statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin, second from right, at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a one-on-one-meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a one-on-one-meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrive for a meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>(Left to right) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio pose at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

(Left to right) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and his wife Jenni Haukio pose at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump ahead a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Aleksey Nikolskyi/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Representatives of Russian media work while U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and others attend a working lunch meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Representatives of Russian media work while U.S. President Donald Trump, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and others attend a working lunch meeting at Finland’s Presidential Palace July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed as he arrives at airport to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

Russian President Vladimir Putin is welcomed as he arrives at airport to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki, Finland on July 16, 2018. (Photo: Kremlin Press Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. (Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump meets Putin in Helsinki

U.S. President Donald Trump waves upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki, on July 15, 2018 on the eve of a summit in Helsinki between the US President and his Russian counterpart. (Photo: Heikki Saukkomaa/AFP/Getty Images)

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