Trump arrives in Finland for closely watched Putin summit

Marsha Scott
July 18, 2018

US President Donald Trump named Russian Federation, the European Union and China as "foes", in an interview aired on Sunday on the eve of his summit with Vladimir Putin.

Trump appeared to place blame on the Democratic National Committee for the hacking attack that has been linked to Russian Federation: "I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked".

The indictments issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller allege that the Russian hackers publicly released tens of thousands of stolen Democratic emails and documents using "fictitious online personas".

In a tweet from Merriam-Webster's official Twitter account, the actual definition of foe was presented and, unsurprisingly, it is not what Trump said it was.

"We could start there", says Dingell.

The US President is also scheduled to attend a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election.

Mr Trump, who has been preparing for the summit by playing golf at his Turnberry course on the western coast of Scotland, said he expected "nothing bad" would come out of the summit.

Trump told CBS News that he's going into the Helsinki summit with "low expectations".

"I respect the leaders of those countries", he told CBS.

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Trump heads into the summit with little clear agenda other than to strengthen his personal rapport with Putin, which he thinks is crucial to improving relations between Washington and Moscow.

Huntsman on Sunday said that it was "highly unlikely" the United States would recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, but would not rule it out.

Speaking before the summit in Helsinki, Trump added that his Republican Party had also been the target of Russian hacking efforts but had superior cyber security measures in place.

In the CBS interview, host Jeff Glor pushed the president, saying, "a lot of people might be surprised to hear you list the European Union before China and Russian Federation". "What we need to do is make sure our electoral process is protected".

Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that it was critical that the parties not expect too much from the meeting.

France defeated Croatia on Sunday to finish off the 21st World Cup, the first held in Eastern Europe in central Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, at a time when Trump and Putin's relationship is in the spotlight. Trump again attacked Germany for spending billions of dollars on the infrastructure which stretches from Vyborg, Russia to Greifswald, Germany.

Putin has denied meddling in the election.

"You know, the Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".

Huntsman was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press", Paul appeared on CNN's "State of the Union", and Bolton and Murphy spoke on ABC's "This Week".

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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