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Trump arrives in Helsinki ahead of summit with Putin

American President Donald Trump has arrived in Helsinki ahead of a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Air Force One
Image: Martti Kainulainen / Lehtikuva

Air Force One touched down at Helsinki Airport at 20:55 on Sunday evening carrying US President Donald Trump ahead of a historic planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

He was greeted by the US Ambassador to Finland, Robert Pence, before travelling to his overnight lodgings.

Trump arrived with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump and a host of other dignitaries, including White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff Zack Fuentes, National Security Advisor John Bolton and his chief of staff Fred Fleitz; Policy Advisor Stephen Miller; Social Media Director Dan Scavino; Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and new communications director hire Bill Shine, formerly of Fox News.

Melania Trump's staffers, Lindsay Reynolds and Stephanie Grisham are also part of the retinue.

On Monday host President Sauli Niinistö is scheduled to meet Trump in the morning before Trump and Putin sit down to a bilateral meeting first without aides and then with their teams of support staff.

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