Crimea And NATO Loom Large Over Monday's Trump-Putin Summit

Crimea And NATO Loom Large Over Monday's Trump-Putin Summit

In a pre-summit interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation" program aired on Sunday, Trump lumped in the European Union with China and Russian Federation as U.S. economic adversaries.

"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump said.

"I think it's a good thing to meet", Trump said.

Mr. Huntsman, who is in Helsinki for the Trump-Putin powwow, said Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 is on the agenda. China's a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. "They had bad defences and they were able to be hacked".

"It means that they are competitive".

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"Nothing bad is going to come out of it."

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In an interview yesterday with CBS News Trump was asked to describe the US's biggest foes - and the first on the list was the European Union - before going on to name Russian Federation and China.

"We need to have other Americans in the room", Warner said.

He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.

A video released by Russian President Vladimir Putin touting his country's potential future weaponry and its supposed ability to strike Florida filled President Donald Trump with rage, according to a report by Axios.

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", Trump tweeted.

Russia's Constitution forbids the extradition of its citizens. But Trump has consistently resisted the suggestion that he confront Putin over the matter, saying Putin has repeatedly denied involvement.

He has said multiple times during his European excursion that he will raise the issue of election interference with Putin but said he doesn't expect Putin to confess to the meddling and so otherwise he has little recourse.

"It would be a step forward if this meeting also provided impetus for nuclear disarmament".

Bolton on Sunday said he found it "hard to believe" that Putin did not know about the Russian disruption efforts, given the alleged role of Russian intelligence officers. "We are not looking for concrete deliverables", White House national security adviser, John Bolton, told ABC's "This Week" in an interview.

Trump, this week accused Germany of being a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance, before a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where he pressed allies to more than double defence spending. During Sunday's comment, he said the Germans are "waving a white flag" in buying energy from Russian Federation. He also said her handling of Brexit would "probably kill" any chance of the US and Britain working out a trade deal.

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