Well it would be nice to hold our summit on the day of the final, um -
Well, both President Trump and President Putin feel that it's important for these two leaders of these two critically important countries to get together and discuss their mutual problems and areas of co-operation. It's something that I think both feel will contribute to improvements in the US-Russia bilateral relationship and in stability around the world.
Look, I think there were a number of issues raised in connection with a possible summit. A lot of the president's critics have tried to make political capital out of theories and suppositions that have turned out to be completely erroneous. But I think the president determined that despite the political noise in the United States that direct communication between him and President Putin was in the interest of the United States, in the interest of Russia, in the interest of peace and security around the world.