President Trump Talks Putin, Calls EU Foe in CBS Interview

21 July, 2018, 10:51 | Author: Donnie King
  • Trump arrives in Finland for closely watched Putin summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov disembark from an airplane upon arrival at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport in Helsinki Monday ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump.

Trump and Putin have met twice before, during global summits a year ago in Germany and in Vietnam.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper dismissed the US investigation into Trump's "mythical work for the Kremlin", and praised him for meeting Putin "despite opposition from his own elite and the hysterics of the media". "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the details laid out in the indictments - which are part of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller - underscored the importance of confronting Putin.

Mr Trump has also been urged to raise the poisoning of two people in the UKwho came into contact with the nerve agent Novichok.

Hours before the Helsinki summit, Trump was asked if he would press Putin over Russia's alleged manipulation of the 2016 election that brought the mercurial property tycoon to power. Trump told CBS News that he hadn't thought about requesting their extradition in the meeting, but suggested that he will ask about it.

Of the summit, Tusk said: "We are all aware of the fact that the architecture of the world is changing before our very eyes and it is our common responsibility to make it a change for the better".

Trump is also once again blaming his predecessor, Barack Obama, for failing to stop Russia's efforts in the 2016 election.

Ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky was among those brushing off new indictments of Russians accused of hacking the 2016 US presidential campaign, calling it implausible that a dozen Russians could have damaged the American electoral system.




According to top advisers of the president, Mr. Trump's private one-on-one meeting with Putin is scheduled to last about a half hour but could go even longer. On Monday, officials said another Russian agent had been arrested for seeking to influence U.S. politics.

He said that his meeting with Putin "might be the easiest of them all" amid controversy over his handling of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreement on increased defense spending and trade talks with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

One Russian objective, for instance, has been to win a more accommodating approach from Trump on Russia's intervention in Ukraine, which included the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump tweeted Sunday that he believes no matter well how the summit with Putin goes, he'll face criticism from Democrats and the media. "I think that the United States has been foolish".

Ultranationalist lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky was among those brushing off Friday's indictments of Russians accused of meddling in the 2016 election, calling it implausible that a dozen Russians could have done such damage.

Trump tweeted last week. A man has been charged in connection with a Greenpeace protest that flew a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par" close to the golf resort.

Organizers said the event wasn't aimed at either of the presidents. In a CBS interview over the weekend, Trump drew little distinction between Western democracies that share history and values with the United States and authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Beijing. His mother was born in Scotland, while his father was born in NY.

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