Spectacle or substance? World awaits details from Trump-Putin summit

Spectacle or substance? World awaits details from Trump-Putin summit

Spectacle or substance? World awaits details from Trump-Putin summit

"I'm not going with high expectations".

Mr Trump said the U.S. has "a lot of foes" and named the bloc as one of them. He declined to discuss his goals, but said such sessions are beneficial and cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said, adding that "you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". I believe it's really good.

"I think the president can put this on the table and say, 'This is a serious matter that we need to talk about, '" said Bolton, adding that asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect.

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

The visit heaped more trouble on the transatlantic alliance after Trump ripped into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels for not spending enough on defense, and rebuked Germany for building an energy pipeline from Russian Federation which he said would leave Europe's biggest economy beholden to Moscow.

"I think the president will handle this as he chooses", Bolton said.

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.

Trump told CBS News in an interview Saturday that he thinks the US has "a lot of foes", including the bloc of European nations that are among America's closest allies.

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Warner, who is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" that he believes Putin could take advantage of Trump. "All he's got to do is start with Stalin and come on up and see what's changed".

One poster, with a headline from 2004, reads in Russian: "Russian reporter who criticized Putin gains asylum in Britain". He described US allies in Europe, where he recently visited, as "afraid about what our president might agree to", and he told reporters he "very much" shares their worries.

The conference of top state election officials she addressed was sandwiched between Friday's indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts and Monday's long-awaited meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Bolton tells ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the indictments show that the American justice system is aware of Russian efforts to meddle in US elections.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., meanwhile, suggested that Trump not even bother to press Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it". Former President Barack Obama did so in 2013 after the Edward Snowden fracas.

Both presidents are scheduled to meet during the Russia-U.S. summit in Helsinki on Monday.

Banners throughout the city also say things like "Trump calls media enemy of the people", and bus stops have signs sponsored by the newspaper that read "Media-critiquing Trump has changed the meaning of fake news". Predictably, from the man who is never shy about weighing in with his opinions on global matters, U.S. President Donald Trump also offered his congratulations to France, and ... to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration".

Democrats, however, said he should cancel the Helsinki summit, arguing the indictments revealed the lengths to which Putin had gone to meddle in the election that brought Trump to power. Privately, Trump has also made clear that he is unsure how the summit will unfold and what the outcome will be, the source said.

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