Donald Trump entering meeting with Vladmir Putin with 'low expectations'

Hugh Fox
July 16, 2018

"The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the US elections", adviser Yuri Ushakov said while briefing reporters about the Monday summit in Helsinki between Mr Putin and US President Donald Trump. Beyond that, Huntsman said it was "highly unlikely" that Trump will recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea at the summit, but would not rule it out completely.

The president flew in from Scotland, where he and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort. I do believe in meetings.

He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as a "good thing", along with meetings he's had with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he tweeted. "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", the president said in broadcast excerpts.

Bolton continued: "The Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens". Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

He also listed Russian Federation "in certain respects" and China on economic matters when asked to list America's top global foes.

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When Trump meets Putin, he will sit down with a disciplined, detail-oriented and experienced Russian leader who has been on the world stage for more than 18 years, in contrast to 18 months in office for Trump.

Bolton on Sunday said he found it "hard to believe" that Putin did not know about the Russian disruption efforts, given the alleged role of Russian intelligence officers. "All he's got to do is start with Stalin and come on up and see what's changed".

"These Russian individuals did their work during the Obama years", Trump wrote on Twitter. He described USA allies in Europe, where he recently visited, as "afraid about what our president might agree to", and he told reporters he "very much" shares their worries.

The meeting comes just days after 12 Russian intelligence officers were charged by a US federal grand jury for hacking the Democrats ahead of the 2016 election, the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump.

Bolton said the Justice Department indictments ahead of the meeting strengthens Trump's hands and shows that the agency is aware of the efforts to meddle in the elections.

He told ABC's "This Week" that "it's very important that the president has a direct one-on-one conversation" with Putin, and European leaders have expressed support for it. On Saturday, he blamed former President Barack Obama's administration for a lack of response.

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Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time. All patriotic Americans should understand that Putin is not America's friend, and he is not the President's buddy.


"And very lovely. It was really something special", Trump said of the meeting.

Karl pressed: "Well, let me ask you as the national security adviser to the president: Do you think that President Trump should trust Vladimir Putin?".

As for what is expected to be discussed at the meeting, political analyst Gilbert Doctorow told RT that the main objective is to "highlight the need to restore direct lines of communication" that were "severed by the Obama administration following the Crimea referendum".

US President Donald Trump told CBS News that European countries were taking advantage of the US. Trump said in a series of tweets.

"I hadn't thought of that". But I certainly, I'll be asking about it. "I think that we're being hurt very badly by the - I would call it the witch hunt", he declared during a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

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