Clinton trolls Trump ahead of Putin summit with World Cup tweet

21 July, 2018, 10:51 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations: Sources

In an interview at the president's golf club in Turnberry, Scotland, with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor, Trump said the United States has many foes, and being a foe was not necessarily a bad thing. I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be".

That relationship "has never been worse", Trump said as he started his day in Helsinki, blaming the friction on what he called a "Rigged Witch Hunt" investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump said Putin's denial of meddling in the election was "extremely strong and powerful".

For all the rhetoric about how - and more importantly, why - President Trump praises Putin but criticizes allies, we now have a real situation on our hands: the United States government has formally accused agents of the Russian government of seeking to interfere with our 2016 presidential election. And following the president's press conference, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats again reaffirmed that the intelligence community's assessment remains unchanged.

The meeting Monday comes just days after Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly interfering in the election. It is the first-ever summit between Mr Putin and Mr Trump - although they have previously met on the sidelines of multilateral talks. "He may come in with maps of Syria, maps of Ukraine, and, frankly, I think he'll take advantage of this President, who we know doesn't do much prep work before these meetings".

Trump said Sunday that he has "low expectations" for the meeting, but told reporters earlier Monday only that he thinks the meeting will go "fine", refusing to elaborate on what they might discuss.

Before the summit even began, Trump blamed his own country for the deterioration in relations. Trump responded by calling her the "puppet".

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The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted back: "We agree".

President Trump will join President Putin on July 16 in Helsinki. Putin, Mr. Trump said at a news conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May last week that Obama "failed very badly with Crimea - I wouldn't have done that".

The U.S. 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.

In 1975, the U.S. and Russian Federation - then the key power in the Soviet Union - along with 33 other states, signed a major agreement in Helsinki to defuse Cold War tensions. "I actually think it hurts our relationship with a lot of countries". It said it did not expect much from the meeting but hoped it would be a "first step" to resolving a crisis in ties.

Gowdy's advice to Trump was to press for the extradition of the Russians accused in the latest indictment and of 13 who were charged in an earlier indictment with using social media to interfere in the USA election.

He again described Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation as a "witch hunt" that has hampered US relations with Russian Federation. "We've all been foolish", he said, before veering into a discussion about his election victory. Even now, only countries like Venezuela and Syria recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation.

"We can no longer completely rely on the White House", Heiko Maas told the Funke newspaper group. "The first clear effect can only be that we need to align ourselves even more closely in Europe".



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