Trump On Putin Meeting: 'I'm Not Going With High Expectations'

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin - 570 NEWS

Trump also listed Russian Federation as a "foe in certain respects" and China as "a foe economically".

President Donald Trump's top national security adviser said recent indictments in the special counsel's investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 United States presidential elections "strengthens" Trump's position in his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Watch more of the discussion with Ed Henry in Helsinki above.

Mr Trump singled out others as America's enemies. Look, EU is very hard. After an initial introduction last summer at the G20 summit in Hamburg, they met again briefly last fall at an economic forum in Hanoi, Vietnam, where Trump showed little appetite for challenging Putin on election hacking.

Vladimir Putin has stood the test of time through four American presidents, but from Donald Trump he is looking for one thing in particular: to be elevated on the world stage, away from global isolation. "In a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills".

Trump and his aides have been working through the weekend to soften expectations for tangible results from the Russian Federation meeting.

CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Mr Trump was set to fly to Helsinki, where he will meet with Mr Putin.

Contradicting Trump in an interview on ABC's "This Week", US national security adviser John Bolton said the idea of asking Putin to turn over the 12 military intelligence officials was "pretty silly" and argued that doing so would put the US president in a "weak position". "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us".

When asked to name the biggest competitor to the United States globally, Trump first named the European Union - which is comprised of several of the closest and oldest USA allies. But that indictment had not directly tied the meddling effort to Russia's government. Estranged by much of the world, a one-on-one meeting with Trump serves as something of a grand return for Putin.

A senior White House adviser on Sunday also downplayed the meeting, saying the U.S. was not seeking any "concrete deliverables".

Prosecutors say weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign".

Of course, Trump's criticism of the Obama administration rings hollow, as he has repeatedly cast doubt on Russia's election interference and has appeared reluctant to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable, instead praising him and seeking warmer relations with Moscow.

Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999. "They're bringing crimes against humanity". Other issues include the potential for nuclear arms talks and North Korea's nuclear challenge, given that USA officials have said Russian Federation had worked in the past to help Pyongyang circumvent worldwide sanctions.

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

Scores of congressional Democrats had already called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin in light of the indictments, detailed on Friday by Rosenstein at a news conference.

Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens. "Certainly, I'll be asking about it".

Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials, who stand accused of interfering in the 2016 campaign by hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee and stealing emails, adds another explosive element to Trump's highly anticipated summit with Putin in Helsinki. He kind of goes in and wings it", Warner said on NBC's "Meet the Press.

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