He then added a plug: "And you know what I'm going to say - the women's US Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey". Alongside Russia and China, Trump mentioned the European Union, which includes several of the oldest, closest allies of the United States, when asked about the country's global foes.
White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev said in a statement that "saying a news organization isn't real doesn't change the facts and won't stop us from doing our jobs".
A look at Trump's past meetings with Putin.
And while the imagery of Singapore made the idea of a Putin summit that much more tantalizing, Trump was already keen on setting up a one-on-one meeting, even with the risks entailed in meeting an experienced leader who is also a former KGB official.
But for Putin, merely getting Trump to sit across the table counts as "an informal recognition of Russian Federation as a great power", political analyst Alexei Malashenko said. "So this is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama and quite frankly some of the danger out of the relationship right now".
"DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections", said Bay State U.S. Sen.
"I think it's a good thing to meet", Trump said.
Some Western allies had taken Trump's comments demanding North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to increase its spending or see the United States "go it alone" a threat to quit to military alliance.
"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings". Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Embassy in Moscow will "no doubt" work on submitting a formal request. They're a foe. But that doesn't mean they're bad.
Thirteen Russian nationals and three companies were previously indicted for interfering in the election, but this is the first time government officials there were charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe. He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians.
Putin, who played host at the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday and was due to arrive in Finland later Monday, has remained terse in the run up to the summit. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.
"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said. "But I certainly. I'll be asking about it", Trump told CBS. Their first meeting came last July while both attended an global summit and lasted more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes.
The Kremlin said it considers Trump a "negotiating partner".
Trump has previously exaggerated the total trade deficit numbers with the European Union to fit his misguided narrative.