WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (all times local):

5:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump says he thinks “many countries” pose a threat to the Baltic region and that the U.S. “will handle them” if it becomes necessary.

Trump says he hopes it won’t come to that, “but if we do we will handle them.”

Trump says the U.S. considers the Baltic region a very important part of the world and that the U.S. is “very protective” of that region.

Trump spoke at a White House news conference alongside Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (SOW’-lih NEE’-nis-tuh) after they met in the Oval Office for talks.

Trump adds that the United States has a great relationship with Finland.


4:40 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the United States stands “in solidarity” with Finland against the threat of terrorism.

Trump is pledging anew to work to cut off finances for terrorism and defeat what he says is a “wicked ideology.”

Trump commented at a White House news conference Monday after Oval Office meetings with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (SOW’-lih NEE’-nis-tuh).

Earlier this month, a man stabbed eight people, killing two of them in Finland’s western city of Turku. The suspect was later detained.

Finland’s top police chief said at the time that it was too early to link the attack to international terrorism.


3:45 p.m.

President Donald Trump has welcomed Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (SOW’-lih NEE’-nis-tuh) to the White House for talks.

The White House says the presidents plan to discuss terrorism, Afghanistan, Russia and the Arctic, among other topics.

Niinisto told journalists before leaving Finland that he and Trump would talk about the Baltic Sea.

Trump and Niinisto plan to take questions at a news conference in the White House East Room following their talks.

The White House initially had announced Niinisto’s visit for Tuesday, but later moved the meeting to Monday.

Trump is now planning to travel to Texas on Tuesday to survey flood damage caused by Hurricane Harvey.