President Trump arrives in Helsinki for closely watched Putin summit

Aaron Brown
July 18, 2018

"I think really we mistake our response if we think it's about accountability from the Russians", Paul said. And there's some worry among European leaders President Trump could undermine North Atlantic Treaty Organisation by ending USA involvement in military drills in the Baltics.

After being asked who he thinks is America's largest global competitor or foe, Trump responded, "Well, I think we have a lot of foes". "China is a foe economically certainly... but that doesn't mean they're bad..." But that doesn't mean they are bad. "It doesn't mean anything. They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", Trump said of asking for Russian agents indicted in the Mueller probe.

"We had much better defenses".

The veteran diplomat is concerned that some of the world's rules, based on which global relations had been conducted, have been broken as "President Trump doesn't seem to be interested in the way we used to see during earlier American presidencies".

Trump has made comments in the past about the European Union and continued to name Russian Federation and China as opponents in particular arenas of national activity.

Trump also said the meeting with Putin may be the easiest on his Europe trip.

On Monday, Trump will visit Helsinki, Finland, for a one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The daunting task should not stop the meeting from taking place, Torstila believes, as "security does not come from building walls. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news", Mr Tusk wrote on Twitter. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", CBS News quoted Trump as saying in Scotland on Saturday.

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"I think the President and his team recognize that a year ago when President Trump met with President Putin, they arranged a cease-fire in southwestern Syria, a cease-fire that was broken by the Syrian government, aided by the Russian government last month", Continetti said.

Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday's meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue.

"Are they waving a white flag?" he asked.

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

Trump and Putin have held talks several times before.

She told the BBC: "He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations".

"You know, the Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".

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