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Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving on the week-long trip, the US President Trump expressed his take on the meeting with the Russian President Putin.

The Trump-Putin Summit is likely to be held in Helsinki on Monday.

Key Quotes via Reuters:

“So I have NATO, I have the UK which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?”

“We’ll see how that goes.”

Asked if Putin is a friend or foe, Trump said: “I really can’t say right now. As far as I’m concerned, a competitor.”