Trump Sets Notably Low Bar for Putin Summit

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2018

Trump told CBS that "Russia is a foe in certain respects", and also named the European Union and China as "foes" economically, over trade practices for which Washington has imposed sanctions, sparking a trade war.

Of those 12 Russian military officers, Trump told CBS News the idea of asking Putin to send them to the United States to face trial had not crossed his mind until anchor Jeff Glor asked him about the idea. And this is a very serious matter.

The president recently told CBS News that he "hadn't thought" about asking Mr Putin to extradite the 12 Russian military intelligence officers indicted this week in Washington on charges relating to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 United States election. Trump said such sessions are beneficial.

"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS in the same interview.

A trade war is also underway with China after the U.S. implemented tariffs for what it calls unfair trade practices by Beijing."Russia", Trump told CBS, "is foe in certain respects".

U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he may ask his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during their upcoming meeting to extradite to the U.S. the 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Tens of thousands of people demonstrated against his visit to London on Friday and several thousand more protested on Saturday in Scotland, where he spent much of the weekend playing golf.

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.

The summit with Putin is set to happen on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

Warner also argued that the White House needs "other individuals from his administration in the room so we know that at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don't interfere in future USA elections".

A probe over allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election has clouded Trump's presidency.

Trump and first lady Melania Trump departed Scotland's Glasgow Prestwick Airport at about 4:08 they made their way to Helsinki, according to pool reports.

"He better know the right Russian psyche", said Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, who led a GOP delegation to Russia earlier this month.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out", he said, pointing to other summits he has held with the leaders of China and North Korea.

But Trump has vowed that he can handle Putin, whom he has taken to referring to as a "competitor" rather than an adversary.

The two presidents have shared personal bonhomie in the past, but beyond the alleged hacking of the USA election, their countries are deeply divided on a host of other issues including Syria and Ukraine. He kind of goes in and wings it", Warner said on NBC's "Meet the Press. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

Before coming to Europe, Trump predicted his meeting with Putin could be the "easiest" stage of a tour that included stops in Brussels and Britain.

"I'm not going with high expectations", he said.

"Right now, there's no trust in the relationship and, because of that, problem-solving is practically impossible", Huntsman said.

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the United States, however.

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