Donald Trump ‘backslaps’ Vladimir Putin in historic first handshake

7 Jul

Mr Trump has said he wants to find ways to work with Mr Putin, a goal made more difficult by sharp differences over Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations Moscow meddled in the 2016 US presidential election.

Every facial expression and physical gesture of today’s meeting is expected to be analysed to read how well Mr Trump, a real estate magnate and former reality television star, gets along with Mr Putin, a former KGB agent.

The fear for the US is that the Republican president, a political novice whose team is still developing its Russia policy, will be less prepared than Mr Putin, who has dealt with the past two US presidents and scores of other world leaders.

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