US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Putin meeting

Hannah Rogers
July 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump drives a golf buggy on his golf course at the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, as part of their visit to the United Kingdom before leaving for Finland where he will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

President Trump playing golf at his Turnberry, Scotland, resort on July 15, during the his first official visit to the United Kingdom.

The charges put an even greater spotlight on Mr Trump's treatment of Putin, who has denied making efforts to intervene in the USA election that Trump unexpectedly won.

The second option is for Trump to say, "Mr. President, there were those in my country who did not want this meeting to take place".

The Kentucky senator noted that the U.S.

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

"America and the European Union are best friends".

Trump and his aides have been working through the weekend to soften expectations for tangible results from the Russian Federation meeting.

Trump set expectations for the summit low, telling CBS News, "I don't expect anything".

Monday's summit in Helsinki will offer Putin, a former KGB spymaster, and Trump the chance to get the measure of each other on an array of fronts including Syria, Ukraine and nuclear disarmament.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it's inevitable that Russian Federation will interfere in USA elections and that it's pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.

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In the most detailed USA accusation to date that Moscow meddled in the presidential election, a federal grand jury said Russian military intelligence agency officers covertly monitored computers of Clinton's campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data. He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians.

They have met twice before on the sidelines of global summits.

But the summit, and the extent of Trump's emphasis on election meddling, could highlight a divide between him and his own advisers, not to mention other Republicans, about the seriousness of Russia's activities. Most U.S. officials see Putin as an unsavory character on the world stage.

Mr Trump waved as they shouted: "No Trump, no KKK, no racist U.S.".

Trump also named Russian Federation and China as foes of the U.S.

Some NATO countries even worry Mr Trump - in a one on one meeting - might recognise Russia's annexation of Crimea.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Trump against making any unilateral deals with Russian Federation that come with a cost for the United States' Western allies.

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, increasing pressure on Trump to raise the matter with Putin.

Following their one-on-one meeting, Putin and Mr. Trump are expected to take part in an expanded bilateral meeting with top advisers, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton. "The Russians take the position - you can like it or not like it - that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens". Trump replied, "I think we have a lot of foes".

Asked if he considered Putin to be ruthless, Trump said: "I can't tell you that..."

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