Trump says China, Russia and European Union are ‘foes’ ahead of Putin summit

Hugh Fox
July 16, 2018

When asked at a news conference in Britain on Friday whether he would tell Putin to stay out of USA elections, Trump said "yes".

Police say the paraglider, carrying a banner reading "Trump: Well Below Par", breached a security no-fly zone when it flew over the USA president's Turnberry resort in western Scotland during Trump's visit there on Friday in protest against his environmental policies.

Donald Trump has called the European Union a "foe" of America, as he departed from the United Kingdom ahead of a summit with Vladimir Putin.

President Donald Trump faced pressure to aggressively question Russian President Vladimir Putin on meddling by Moscow in the 2016 presidential election when the two leaders meet Monday in Helsinki. "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he continued.

"But that doesn't mean they are bad". It doesn't mean anything.

They also expect Trump to bring up Russia's incursion into Ukraine and the allegations of Russian meddling in the election.

"Trump has maybe a little less room to maneuver if he wants to downplay the issue or pretend that it's not real", said Jeffrey Mankoff, a Russian Federation expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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The president flew in from Scotland, where he and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at his Turnberry golf resort. On Saturday, he blamed former President Barack Obama's administration for a lack of response. "And very lovely .


"First, I don't believe the meeting should take place but if it is going to happen, President Trump must press Putin hard on the issue of election interference".

Challenged by the interviewer on this, Mr Trump said the European Union was "very difficult".

US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

With that in mind, a senior House of Representatives Republican told CBS's "Face the Nation" that Trump should ask Putin in Helsinki which airport the Russian hackers will be extradited to for being taken into US custody.

Washington has imposed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation over recent years, some of which Trump himself reluctantly signed off on after taking office in 2017.

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, however.

"I believe it's really good".

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But for Trump, whose White House victory was actively supported by 12 Russian military intelligence agents, according to a recent US indictment, and whose entourage is still being investigated for possible collusion with Moscow, the meeting is freighted with domestic political risk.

Trump and Putin, who control the world's two biggest nuclear arsenals, are due to meet in the Finnish capital, a venue that evokes memories of Cold War showdowns between the Soviet Union and the United States.

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".

Trump replied, "I think we have a lot of foes".

Around 100 supporters of Trump, some wearing "Make Britain Great Again" hats, expressed their admiration for the president opposite the USA embassy in London.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said. There were calls from Capitol Hill for the president to cancel the summit after Friday's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers accused of hacking Democrats in an effort to help Trump.

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