Trump, Putin meet in Helsinki for summit

Lester Mason
July 19, 2018

Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the Senate's top Democrat.

"That changed", Trump said, "As of about four hours ago".

Putin dismissed the idea during a post-summit news conference, though he did not explicitly deny it.

But Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said Putin was essentially an "unindicted co-conspirator" in the Russian Federation probe. Even if the talks unfreeze lower level dialogue, they may be worthwhile.

Meanwhile, the youth wing of the country's anti-immigration party, The Finns, managed to get about 50 people to hold a pro-Trump rally. For more on this and other news around the world we turn to our Ro Aram... Their first meeting came last July when both took part in an global summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes. He had ramped up his rhetoric ahead of the talks - including in three separate tirades on Twitter last Monday and Tuesday - making the summit one of the most hard in years for the military alliance that has underpinned European security since World War II. "But if we can get along with Russian Federation, that's a good thing", Trump noted.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss Syria, where the USA aims to restrain the Iranian military presence and hopes that Russian Federation can exert more influence over Tehran in that regard.

But on Monday, Mr Trump blamed his predecessors' "stupidity" and the "rigged" United States inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the election fir the deterioration of ties with Moscow.

Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him in recent days not as an enemy but as a competitor. "I think it's highly unlikely that that will come up in their conversation", he told NBC's "Meet the Press", adding that there are "so many other things to talk about".

Russian commentators and editorialists who consider the European Union hostile, troublesome or irrelevant welcomed Trump's criticism of longtime European allies as "foes" to the U.S.

President Donald Trump named the European Union as a "foe", along with Russian Federation and China.

"China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he told CBS. They grew even worse following the 2016 United States presidential election, which resulted in Washington slapping Russian Federation with numerous rounds of sanctions. It doesn't mean anything. "It means that they are competitive", said Trump.

McCain found the juxtaposition jarring.

Trump had said at a Friday joint press conference with May that he had provided a suggestion to her about handing Brexit negotiations, and that she had not taken it.

Yet, during the press conference closing the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit taking place between June 11-12 Mr Trump had said the meeting with Mr Putin may be the "easiest" among the talks held during his European tour.

Trump lamented that years of American "foolishness and stupidity", and now Robert Mueller's probe, have insulted our friends in Moscow. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

There is no doubt the summit is going ahead simply because Trump and Putin want it to.

If they make progress against expectations, then the President's critics may have to eat their words. In response, he has blamed President Obama for allowing Putin to annex Crimea from Ukraine during his administration in 2014. "We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody". Russian Federation was suspended from the group in 2014 in response to its illegal annexation of Crimea.

The Russians said it lasted two hours and 10 minutes.

Aides had warned before the meeting that it might not produce big "deliverables". For Putin, that the summit is even happening despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and USA allies is a geopolitical win.

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has said both sides have agreed the meeting will have no set agenda.

After the summit, Huntsman's daughter Abby - a Fox News host - was less charitable about the president's diplomatic efforts.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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