Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

Trump is typically depicted as a tool of the "deep state" in Russia's state-run media, which sometimes fans conspiracies and casts US and western efforts to pressure or sanction its officials as having dark motives.

US President Donald Trump said today that US relations with Russia have "never been worse" ahead of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki today.

Trump said he was approaching the Putin meeting "with low expectations..." But there are few people who I think have real insight into U.S. intelligence and high level statecraft and have a sense of what kind of things are realistic and which are not.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the auto after arriving at the airport in Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.

In the CBS interview, Trump also asserted that the GOP was similarly not hacked during the 2016 campaign because the Republican National Committee had better cybersecurity. Allegations against Trump and the of Russian diplomats are believed to be on the main agenda of both leaders.

"Russia is a foe in certain respects", he told CBS News.

Motorists and commuters in the capital region should prepare for traffic disruptions due to the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki on Monday, 16 July. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it.

Nonetheless, Bolton said the indictment is a "serious matter" that Trump needs to talk about it with Putin.

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Russian Federation denies the allegations, and says it is looking forward to the talks as a vehicle for improving relations. He said: "There's a lot of anger at the fact that Germany is paying Russian Federation billions of dollars".

Trump held his meeting just days after a special prosecutor in the United States indicted 12 Russian agents for stealing Democratic Party documents to help him win the vote.

Now, "foreign supporters who currently have fan IDs will be able to benefit from multiple entries into the Russian Federation without a visa until the end of the year", Putin said.

Trump professed confidence in the meeting and pointed to previous encounters with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping as examples. Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured" and said: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here".

Trump did manage to rope China and Russian Federation into his remarks about America's foes, but defended their inclusion as being "competitive", and not necessarily based on being bad countries.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own deal-making skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit. He also criticized America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners for not upping their military spending faster than they had already agreed to, only to later up the ante and tell them they would need to spend more of their GDP on defense - four percent - than even the USA does.

The indictment also sends a message to President Trump and members of his entourage who are potential targets of Mueller's probe: Here's a hint of what we know; how much are you willing to wager that we don't know a lot more about Russian contacts and collusion?

On the eve of the summit, the U.S. announced charges against 12 Russians who allegedly participated in the interference in the U.S. Elections.

Trump congratulated Putin on a successful World Cup on his way to Helsinki in an ingratiating move.

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