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Biden will hold solo press conference after Putin summit in Geneva

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President Biden will go it alone next week in a solo press conference following his Wednesday summit with Russia’s Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland.

The White House announcement, made as Biden began his second day at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, England, halted days of speculation that the president and Putin would answer press questions side by side — as President Trump did in 2018.

“We expect this meeting to be candid and straightforward,” a White House official said Saturday.

“A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting— both in terms of areas where we may agree and in areas where we have significant concerns,” the official added

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Trump was widely criticized for his joint press conference with the Russian president after their 2018 summit in Helsinki, Finland, during which he endorsed Putin’s denial that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election — and questioned US intelligence agencies’ investigations into the matter.

Trump needled Biden over the upcoming summit in an emailed statement this week.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Putin has previously been called a “killer” by President Biden.
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“Good luck to Biden in dealing with President Putin — don’t fall asleep during the meeting, and please give him my warmest regards!” the former president wrote Thursday.

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Putin this week dismissed the “harsh rhetoric” that Biden has used against him — including characterizing the Russian president as a “killer.”

“This is not something I worry about in the least,” he told NBC News.

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