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Trump brands EU 'foe' as he lands in Helsinki for Putin summit

Trump brands EU 'foe' as he lands in Helsinki for Putin summit Trump brands EU 'foe' as he lands in Helsinki for Putin summit
Gerardo Duncan | 16 July, 2018, 07:11

He continued: "Russia is a foe in certain respects".

"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they're competitors.

The president has promised to raise the subject of election meddling in the meeting, but last November said he believed Putin when the Russian president assured him he knew nothing of a covert Russian campaign to interefere with the 2016 election.

"Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation (.) over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" Europe is still a more important partner for Russian Federation than the USA, and they also share a similar diplomatic stance on many worldwide problems. "What could go wrong?" read one banner.

On Friday a federal grand jury alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

But in Helsinki, which lies close to the Russian border, there was plenty of heat on Putin too.

A Finnish man, who works as an elderly-care nurse, held a sign in English and Russian saying "Putin prison for lifetime".

As France beat Croatia 4-2 in the final to claim its second-ever World Cup, congratulations and accolades poured in from around the world.

"Trump expressed antipathy toward confronting Putin about the 2016 attack on the United States" election.

The meeting comes just days after a U.S. federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence operatives for allegedly hacking Democratic Party emails in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The indictments issued Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller allege that the Russian hackers publicly released tens of thousands of stolen Democratic emails and documents using "fictitious online personas". "And Vladimir Putin knows that it's going to be raised", he said, referring to Trump's upcoming summit with Putin.

"That's what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it", Bolton said.

"When we heard that Presidents Trump and Putin were coming to Helsinki, we understood there were going to be hard talks ahead and a lot of tough decisions to be made, and we didn't want any topic to not be discussed", Huuhtanen tells MONEY. "Nobody there really believes that any good can come out of this summit".

Asked whether Trump would ask Putin to turn over the 12 military intelligence officials, USA national security adviser John Bolton called the idea "pretty silly" and said doing so would put the president in a "weak position".

What did Trump say about Europe? "We have to start to set them right".

"Well, I might. I hadn't thought of that but certainly I'll be asking about it", Trump responded.

Almost 300 billboards - which preview some of both presidents' most "turbulent relations" with the media from 2000 to 2018 - are posted along the routes from the airport to the site of the summit, according to a press release about the campaign from Helsingin Sandomat.

Senator Rand Paul suggested that Mr Trump not even bother to press Mr Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it".

If Washington were to de facto accept Russia's 2014 land-grab, this would break with decades of United States policy send tremors through Nato's exposed eastern flank.

Trump and his aides have been working through the weekend to soften expectations for tangible results from the meeting.

Brookie also is concerned that Trump's offhanded comments show that he doesn't have high expectations for the meeting.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it's inevitable that Russian Federation will interfere in USA elections and that it's pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.

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