'Low Expectations' for Putin Summit

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David Mdzinarishvili Reuters

Ahead of President Trump's highly anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell reports that the tone being pushed by the president's top national security aides both in public and privately is a far departure from Mr. Trump's characterization of the meeting. "But I'm going with low expectations I'm not going with high expectations", Trump said during an interview with CBS News on Sunday (July 15).

He also said Russian Federation "is a foe in certain respects" and that China "is a foe economically".

He added: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

"That doesn't mean they are bad". It doesn't mean anything. "It means that they are competitive", said Trump.

President asserted that he could be "given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia" but then would return to "criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"

In Helsinki, more than 2,000 people denounced attacks on human rights, press freedom and dissent as they marched to Helsinki's central Senate Square.

"Whiny demented man-baby meets evil master spy".

But in a series of Twitter posts on Sunday, Trump - or more likely Dan Scavino, Jr.

But in Helsinki, which lies close to the Russian border, there was plenty of heat on Putin too.

Putin and Trump have met on the sidelines of conferences in the past, but this is their first dedicated summit. Before leaving for Finland, Trump tweeted that he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin" and slammed his critics.

The president has spent the weekend before the summit playing golf at his resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel his meeting with Mr Putin over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

May appeared perplexed when revealing what she said Trump's advice was, and laughed when the BBC anchor asked her if she had given the idea any thought. I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked. "But I certainly, I'll be asking about it". He cites his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in June as "a good thing" and says "having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it".

"The state of bilateral relations is very bad", Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov said Friday.

"He wants to be perceived as the one who makes these decisions, that he makes them unilaterally, that he is the crucial dealmaker", said William Pomeranz, deputy director of the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute.

Bolton also says he finds it "hard to believe" that the Russian intelligence officials could conduct such an operation without Putin's knowledge.

US Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, told NBC news: "It isn't a summit".

Hubert Vedrine, who coined the phrase "Hyperpower" to describe America after the Cold War, warned on Sunday that Europe was "face-to-face with an existential threat" in Mr Trump.

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