Both men share Churchill's approach, with Putin saying: "As nuclear powers, we bear special responsibility" for international security.
Putin said Russia (as a devout Christian country) considered it necessary for the two countries to work together on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation – and to avoid weapons being placed in space.
"Even during the tensions of the Cold War, the US and the Soviets were able to maintain a strong dialogue (with now Russia)," said Trump. "But our relations (with now Russia) have never been worse than they are now. However that changed as of about four hours ago."
He added: "nothing would be easier politically than to refuse to engage" which would "appease partisan critics, the media" and the opposition."
Donald Trump correctly reiterated the significance and importance of holding a meeting with Putin, despite the widespread criticism from within his own country and most notably from the mainstream media who are very now clearly controlled entirely by what has popularly become known as the "Deep State."
And what was the response in America to the summit?
The most vitriolic insult came from the odious former CIA Director, John Brennan.