‘Don’t fall asleep during the meeting and say hello to Putin’: Trump gives spicy advice to Biden ahead of his meeting with Russian president next week, claiming his own summit was a WIN
- Biden is on an eight-day tour of Europe and will meet the Russian president in Geneva on Wednesday
- Trump met Putin in Helsinki in 2018, sparking a storm of criticism after accepting the Russian president’s denials of election meddling
- Yet Trump offered Biden the benefit of his experience
- “The United States has won a lot, including the respect of President Putin and Russia,” he claimed
- And he advised Biden not to fall asleep during the meeting
Former President Trump wished President Biden good luck when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin next week, claiming that his own summit in Helsinki America had won.
“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin — don’t fall asleep during the meeting and give him my best regards,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
During the election campaign, Trump called his rival “Sleepy Joe.”
Biden spent his first full day on a European tour on Thursday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He will meet with world leaders in the coming week before meeting Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.
In a cheeky message, former President Donald Trump offered President Biden the benefit of his wisdom after meeting President Putin in 2018. “Do not fall asleep during the meeting and please give him my best regards,” he said.
Trump was roundly convicted of accepting Putin’s denials of election meddling. US intelligence officials believe the Kremlin has been working to tilt the election in favor of Trump as the least threatening candidate to their interests
Biden will travel around Europe for eight days and will meet with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, after meeting leaders of the G7, NATO and the European Union.
White House officials have not yet said whether the two leaders will hold a joint press conference.
In 2018, Trump told reporters that he accepted Putin’s denial that his country was involved in the 2016 election, and sent officials into harm reduction mode.
“As president, I had a wonderful and very productive meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with President Putin of Russia,” Trump said in his message.
“Despite the belated coverage of the meeting by Fake News, the United States has won a lot, including the respect of President Putin and Russia.”
Critics accused Trump of being gentle with Putin. Intelligence agencies concluded that the Kremlin was trying to flip the election in Trump’s favor as part of an effort to undermine American democracy and install a weaker leader than Hillary Clinton.
But Trump said it was the meddling of his own country’s investigators that threatened to hinder his administration.
“Because of the fake Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, concocted and paid for by the Democrats and Crooked Hillary Clinton, the United States was disadvantaged – a disadvantage that was nevertheless overcome by me,” he said.
Biden and his officials have said they see his trip to Europe as an opportunity to reaffirm US leadership.
The Bidens spent Thursday with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie in Cornwall, before other G7 leaders were due to arrive
“I’m going to the G7, then the NATO ministerial meeting and then to meet Mr Putin to let him know what I want him to know,” he said after arriving at RAF Mildenhall in England on Wednesday evening.
That meant he couldn’t take his blows to Putin.
“We are not seeking conflict with Russia. We want a stable, predictable relationship,” he said.
“I have been clear: the United States will respond strongly and meaningfully if the Russian government engages in harmful activities.
‘We have already shown that. I will communicate that there are consequences for violating the sovereignty of democracies in the United States and Europe and elsewhere.”
If he sits down with Putin, Biden will face personal pressure on everything from attacks by Russian-based hackers on US companies to the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny and covert Kremlin attempts to interfere in elections.