Trump names European Union a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

A Times report cited unnamed British cabinet ministers as saying that a "peace deal" would undermine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and compromise European security, while German officials also expressed fears that any decision agreed to could negatively affect North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "If so", he wrote on Twitter, "will he become my new best friend?".

John Huntsman, US Ambassador to Russian Federation, added the meetings were beneficial for both nations due their current fractious bilateral relationship.

Around 2,500 people gathered in Helsinki for a peaceful demonstration to promote human rights, the protection of the environment and democracy ahead of the summit on Sunday.

Hours before the Justice Department announcement, Trump complained anew that the special counsel's investigation is complicating his efforts to forge a better working relationship with Russian Federation.

Asked if Mr Putin and Mr Trump might strike a deal that would lead to the withdrawal of Iranian forces and their proxies from southwestern Syria, Mr Ushakov said Syria and the Iranian presence there would feature prominently on the summit agenda.

In the CBS News interview, Trump declined to discuss his goals for the summit - "I'll let you know after the meeting", he said - but said he believes such sessions are beneficial.

Huntsman was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press", Paul appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and Bolton spoke with ABC's "This Week". This month, the Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee backed the findings of an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the 2016 election and acted in favor of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

On Thursday, Trump described Putin as a "competitor" rather than an "enemy" and said he expected they would get on well when they hold their first summit in Helsinki.

Ahead of President Trump's highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell reports that the tone being pushed by the president's top national security aides both in public and privately is a far departure from Mr. Trump's characterization of the meeting.

The indictment stands as the clearest Justice Department allegation yet of Russian efforts to interfere, through illegal hacking, in the US presidential election before Americans went to the polls - and the first to implicate the Russian government directly. Big banners said "Welcome Trump" and "God Bless D & M Trump" and a helicopter hovered overhead.

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"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings". Huntsman said the meeting must go on because some global issues can't be solved without Russian engagement. "I don't believe we've put enough resources as a nation into investigating what happened two years ago and making sure it never happens again".

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Trump portrays the investigation as a partisan attack, but not all Republicans see it that way.

Huntsman said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump "is genuinely looking forward to sitting across the table and trying to reduce the tension in a relationship where our collective blood pressure is off-the-charts high".

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The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing", Trump told the program. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it.

A source familiar with the conversation told Axios that the exchange was abnormal, calling the typical exchanges between the two leaders "a love fest".

Trump has said he will raise the issue when he sits down with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Huntsman added: "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together".

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

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