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Protester forcibly removed from Trump-Putin press conference venue

The man, who was holding a paper sign, was escorted out after a scuffle.

Image: Screengrab/CNN

A MAN HOLDING a sign reading ‘Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty’ has been removed from the venue of the joint Trump-Putin press conference in Helsinki.

The man was removed from the room by security officials following a scuffle.

It happened shortly before the two leaders took to the podium in the Finnish capital to discuss their summit meeting.

CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who was in the room, said the man had identified himself as being from progressive magazine The Nation.

The man said security had initially asked him to step outside the room as he had a handmade paper sign with him, but that he was allowed back in to get his belongings.

Acosta said the man then produced the sign again and that officials had grabbed him and escorted him out.

Trump said at the press conference that the summit had changed the relationship between the two countries.

He tweeted last night that the US-Russian relationship had never been worse.

Putin said the discussions were “frank and useful”.

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