Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Donald Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

Donald Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

Donald Trump named the European Union a "foe" of the United States during an interview at his golf club in Scotland that aired on Sunday.

"I think it's a good thing to meet".

"The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections", adviser Yuri Ushakov said while briefing reporters about the Monday summit in Helsinki between Mr Putin and US President Donald Trump.

CBS News released excerpts Sunday, hours before Trump was set to fly to Helsinki for the summit.

Participants seen at the crowd at #HelsinkiCalling at the march in Helsinkil on Sunday. Demonstrators chanted "media must be free", and carried a banner calling for human rights.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump earlier this week about the indictment. "I think the president can put this on the table and say, 'This is a serious matter that we need to talk about'".

"I think the president will handle this as he chooses", Bolton said.

"A lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the European Union as a foe before China and Russian Federation", said CBS anchor Jeff Glor.

A total of 64 per cent of people questioned said they saw the USA leader as a greater threat to world peace than Mr Putin (16 per cent).

"Germany made a pipeline deal with Russian Federation".

"Are they waving a white flag?" he asked. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Tusk tweeted.

His summit with Putin is on Monday.

The daunting task should not stop the meeting from taking place, Torstila believes, as "security does not come from building walls". I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think.

"We all do it", Paul added. More than 2,000 people took part in the protest as the city prepares to host the historic US-Russia summit.

The US president used a stormy G7 summit in Canada to ponder whether it was time to readmit Russian Federation to the club, and move past sanctions imposed over Moscow's seizure of the Crimea region from Ukraine.

In the interview, Trump also blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked" by Russians trying to help him win the 2016 election. "But again, this was during the Obama administration. They had bad defences and they were able to be hacked". He also criticized the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance by saying member states are not paying their required amount of money for their defense and asserted that they were taking advantage of the United States.

What has Mr Trump been doing?

Helsinki proudly served as a meeting point for past leaders of the USA and the USSR - and later Russian Federation, and on Monday will again be in the spotlight for the bilateral summit.

The visit has been controversial because of a newspaper interview in which he said the U.S. would probably not give the United Kingdom a trade deal under the terms of Prime Minister May's Brexit plans, and also said Europe was "losing its character" because of immigration from Africa and the Middle East.

Trump signaled as much at a joint news conference Friday with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

What are the USA hacking allegations? The indictment alleges that the dozen Russians worked in the GRU, Russia's intelligence body.

When asked by CBS if he would ask Putin to extradite the Russians to the United States, Trump said he hadn't thought of that idea but that he might.

"Vladimir Putin is a trained KGB agent". But he has also seemed to suggest that there is not much he can do to push back against the Russian leader's denials.

This one could arguably apply to both Trump and Putin.

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