Trump calls European Union a 'foe' ahead of Putin summit

Lester Mason
July 16, 2018

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", Trump said.

"I hadn't thought of that". "And don't say I'm attacking freedom of the press". But again, this was during the Obama administration. "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration".

But far from his prediction that the Putin meeting would be the "easiest" part of his swing through Europe, the summit comes freighted with new tensions, after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the 2016 election.

But for the United States, and frankly the U.K. and other places, to get along with Russian Federation and China and all of these other places...that's a good thing, that's not a bad thing.

Listing the European Union before China and Russian Federation - both of which have had a more hostile relationship with the USA - would likely surprise a lot of people, Glor said.

That's after the USA justice department charged 12 Russians with hacking the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton, its presidential candidate, during the 2016 election campaign.

Bolton continued: "The Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".

John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, rejected the suggestion that Trump's attitude toward the media is similar to Russian President Vladimir Putin's.

On Sunday the youth arm of the nationalistic Finns Party will also organise a Welcome Trump event at Narinkkatori, starting from 1.30pm. "We have now a much more solid North Atlantic Treaty Organisation than they've had for years".

When "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor asked Trump who is his "biggest foe globally right now", Trump named the European Union, members of which are some of America's oldest and closest global allies. "I know you'll ask, "Will we be talking about meddling?' And I will absolutely bring that up", he said, but noted: "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?" But that doesn't mean they're bad.

Mr Trump has said the investigation into the suspected Russian interference - which he casts as a "rigged witch hunt" - makes it hard for him to do substantive deals with Moscow.

Maas welcomed the meeting, at which the U.S. president has said he will raise the issue of nuclear weapons reduction.

Speaking with MSNBC, McFaul tore into Trump's comment.

Bolton said Trump would talk about the issue with Putin.

Monday's summit in Helsinki will offer Putin, a former KGB spymaster, and Trump the chance to get the measure of each other on an array of fronts including Syria, Ukraine, Iran and nuclear disarmament.

The glider carried a banner that said "Trump: Well Below Par" over the resort Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies.

Critics said they were skeptical Trump would press the issue at all, despite the indictments.

"All I can do is say, 'Did you?'" Trump said days ago at a news conference in Brussels.

Trump says he believes such get-togethers are beneficial. "I think it's ridiculous". I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim [Jong Un of North Korea] was a good thing.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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