Trump Names European Union a 'Foe' of US - Leah Barkoukis

U.S. President Trump has 'low expectations' for Putin meeting

On the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump on Sunday described the European Union as a trading "foe", further unnerving some of America's closest partners after disruptive visits to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation headquarters and the United Kingdom. "It means that they are competitive", he told CBS's "Face the Nation" anchor Jeff Glor. "The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days", she said in May 2017 after meeting with Trump. "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". It doesn't mean anything. But that doesn't mean they are bad.

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.

Putin, who played host at the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday and was due to arrive in Finland later Monday, has remained terse in the run up to the summit. Near Trump's hotel, police roped off a group of about 60 mostly male pro-Trump demonstrators waving American flags.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he expected a "disastrous approach" from Trump on the topic of election interference, citing Trump's steadfast refusal to condemn Russia's malign activities.

Chants of "We love Trump, We love Trump" broke out as the president's motorcade passed, and Trump waved. "I frankly don't expect - I go in with very low expectations".

"I think it is very unfair to our country, it's very unfair to our taxpayers and I think that these countries have to step it up - not over a 10-year period, they have to step it up immediately", Trump said last week, noting the discrepancy between what the US spends on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation versus other member states. "I respect the leaders of those countries", he said from his golf course in Scotland.

The idea that Russian Federation had worked to influence the vote that year was first posited by USA intelligence agencies during the administration of Barack Obama, but confidence in that culpability only grew once Trump was inaugurated.

In Russia, the budding relationship is viewed with cautious optimism as a chance to reboot relations after Putin's military intervention in Ukraine in 2014 set off cascading US economic sanctions. Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russia, said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he didn't know if Trump would seek extradition of the Russians accused of violating federal law in the 2016 election.

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He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments. "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump replied.

"Parity is ensured by the invention of new weapons systems called to cement nuclear parity", Peskov told RT on the eve of Putin's summit with Trump. "I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing".

Something could be started in Helsinki that would lead to fruitful results later, he said.

From aboard Air Force One, Trump complained in tweets that he wasn't getting enough credit for his meeting with Kim and railed that "Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people" as he headed to sit down with Putin. But critics have also pointed to the tournament as a huge public relations victory for Putin, who has faced criticisms for his seemingly unopposed stranglehold on the seat of power in Russian Federation and for creating a political environment where journalists are imprisoned and the rights of the LGBTQ community are persecuted.

"Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, 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!"

Several of Trump's top advisers, appearing on Sunday talk shows, did little to clarify Trump's thinking heading into the meeting with Putin.

Since the start of Trump's presidency, relations have been tainted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and suspicions that the billionaire's campaign team colluded with the Kremlin.

At last, Donald Trump will get the chance to meet with Vladimir Putin at the formal summit both men have been seeking for months. The leaders also met last fall during a separate summit in Vietnam. "To maintain our partnership with the United States of America we must readjust it".

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., often one of Trump's staunchest supporters, said the president should make a forceful case for bringing the 12 Russians to justice for their cyberassaults during the 2016 election campaign. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some worldwide issues. Where they're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair.

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