Foreign policy observers will be watching to see whether Trump has kinder words for Putin in Helsinki than he did for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing", Trump told the program.
"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said.
He planned no public appearances until Monday, when he heads to the Presidential Palace for breakfast with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto.
Both leaders were also greeted with a large billboard advertisement purchased by Helsingin Sanomat, the nation's largest newspaper, which bashed the Trump and Putin as being enemies of journalism and a free press.
Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who said: "Trump must immediately cancel his planned summit with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation demonstrates its willingness to come back into the community of nations that respect the rule of law, legal norms and democratic institutions".
His national security adviser said they weren't looking for any "concrete deliverables".
On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers over alleged crimes tied to Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016. "But I certainly, I'll be asking about it, but again, this was during the Obama administration".
"We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".
By comparison, there were multiple deputy NSC meetings to prepare for the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month. I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think.
"If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he tweeted.
Earlier Sunday, Trump tweeted out congratulations to the tournament's victors, France, as well as Putin and his countrymen for "putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament - one of the best ever!"