Trump ends whirlwind United Kingdom tour and heads for talks with Putin

Trump ends whirlwind United Kingdom tour and heads for talks with Putin

Trump ends whirlwind United Kingdom tour and heads for talks with Putin

"Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

The US president departed Glasgow Prestwick Airport just after 4pm on Sunday after four days in the United Kingdom during which he met Theresa May and the Queen and played golf at one of his Scottish resorts, all against the backdrop of mass protests against his visit.

On the matter of pressing Putin on his involvement in the 2016 hack, though, Trump does have one logical argument on his side: even if he was insistent that Putin extradite the hackers, there is no chance he'd meet with success - and maybe it would be foolish to even try. "So, because we waste time saying, "Well, Putin needs to admit this and apologize" - he's not going to admit that he did it, and we can't take on face value anything they tell us". "I'm not going with high expectations".

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 and nuclear disarmament. "So this is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama and quite frankly some of the danger out of the relationship right now". "We had much better defences, so they couldn't", Trump said during the CBS interview.

"Trump expressed antipathy toward confronting Putin about the 2016 attack on the United States" election.

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized members for failing to spend more on defense and openly questioned the alliance's objective.

The 12 defendants allegedly took part in Russia's "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.

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"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".

"It isn't a summit", US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd. But I could name others also.

"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said. The charges stem from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Coming directly from Scotland after his visit to Britain, Trump will hold talks with Putin on Monday with only translators.

Contradicting Trump in an interview on ABC's "This Week", U.S. 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 U.S. president in a "weak position". Russia's constitution also prohibits turning over citizens to foreign governments.

Chants of "We Love Trump, We Love Trump" broke out as the president's motorcade passed and Trump waved.

In the CBS interview, Trump appeared to lay blame for the hacking on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, not Russian Federation. He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said. Beyond that, Huntsman said it was "highly unlikely" that Trump will recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea at the summit, but would not rule it out completely.

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