Monday, 19 November, 2018

Trump brands Russian Federation a 'foe' ahead of Putin summit

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit Summit fever: Trump reaches for big moment with Putin - 570 NEWS
Glenn Montgomery | 16 July, 2018, 04:09

During the weekend, the White House withdrew an appearance by Trump national security adviser John Bolton from a CNN interview show Sunday, after he had already accepted an invitation.

According to Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori, it was the two presidents themselves that made a decision to meet in the city, adding that he had no expectations over the summit but only provided suitable circumstances for it, and the city was not anxious about the protests at all. The president also met with Queen Elizabeth II and later spoke favorably about her, calling her a "tremendous woman".

But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, says Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests". "The Russians take the position - you can like it or not like it - that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".

Prosecutors say weeks later, Guccifer 2.0 referred to a stolen DCCC document posted online and asked the person, "what do u think of the info on the turnout model for the democrats entire presidential campaign".

The senators also demanded that Trump press for the extradition of the 12 Russian military intelligence officials indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday. Their first meeting came last July when both participated in an global summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes. "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration".

President Trump included the European Union when rattling off a list of the "biggest foes" of the United States throughout the world. But I certainly, I'll be asking about it.

Trump also says he intends to pressure Putin over the rapid growth and modernisation of Russia's nuclear arsenal. Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump had pressed Putin on the matter, while the Russian foreign minister said Trump had accepted Putin's denials that Russia interfered in the election.

Trump plans to meet one-on-one with Putin at the start of their first formal summit talks in Helsinki, Finland, before allowing other aides to participate.

On Thursday, Trump described Putin as a "competitor" rather than an "enemy" and said he expected they would get on well when they hold their first summit in Helsinki.

Trump has long expressed his admiration for the strongman leader, while United States intelligence services allege Putin ordered Russian intervention to tip the 2016 USA presidential election and push the brash billionaire into the White House.

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.

Several dozen supporters of President Donald Trump, many waving American flags and sporting "Make America Great Again" caps, have cheered as the US leader neared his hotel in Helsinki before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In advance of the meeting, a major concern in the U.S. is how forcefully Trump will confront Putin in the wake of new information released in Washington, DC this week over alleged Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 presidential vote. "I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing".

John Huntsman, US Ambassador to Russian Federation, added the meetings were beneficial for both nations due their current fractious bilateral relationship.

President Donald Trump's ambassador to Moscow says he hopes Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin have "a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests".

Asked if Trump felt the queen had liked him, he said: "Well I don't want to speak for her, but I can tell you I liked her".

Trump and United States officials have made clear they intend to raise a series of issues during the Helsinki summit, from the ongoing civil war in Syria to Russian actions in Ukraine to cyberactivities and North Korea.

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