The former US president also wished the American leader not to fall asleep at the meeting.
“Good luck to Biden in his interaction with Putin, do not fall asleep at the meeting and please convey my best wishes to him,” the Republican said, referring in absentia to the current head of the US administration, whom he has repeatedly called “sleepy Joe.” Putin and Biden are expected to meet on June 16 in Geneva.
Trump said that his meeting with the Russian president in Helsinki in 2018 was “great and very productive.” The previous American leader expressed confidence that the United States, contrary to media claims, “won a lot, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,” following the summit.
Trump also stressed that due to the spread of speculation concerning Russia, “invented and paid for by the Democrats and crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was at a disadvantage.” According to the Republican, he “managed to overcome it”.
Meeting in Helsinki
On July 16, 2018, the first full-scale meeting between Putin and Trump took place in Helsinki. The leaders spoke one-on-one for a little more than two hours, and then were joined by members of the delegations. The presidents discussed issues of bilateral and international relations, and at the end of the summit, both leaders noted that a great step forward had been made. At home, Trump was criticized for his allegedly insufficiently tough stance on the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the fact that he questioned the conclusions of the US intelligence community in this regard.