United States President Donald Trump said on Sunday (July 15) he had low expectations for his historic summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday. CBS News released excerpts Sunday, hours before Trump was set to fly to Helsinki for the summit.
"Well I think we have a lot of foes". "But certainly, I'll be asking about it". At another notable point in the 30-minute conversation, Trump reportedly falsely claimed his administration's widely criticized policy of separating undocumented immigrants from the border was actually an Obama-era policy.
In further comments that angered some US lawmakers, Trump suggested the United States and Russian Federation were to blame for troubled relations between the two countries.
Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.
But doing so, Huntsman cautioned, "doesn't necessarily mean that the Russians are going to follow through".
On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments, marking a significant milestone in the ongoing probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's alleged efforts to interfere in the general election.
But the charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won. "Now, you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump replied.
At the news conference Trump was invited by reporters to offer even a single criticism of Russian Federation, but repeatedly declined.
The US president left the Brussels talks in disarray after setting a January deadline for other alliance members to increase defence spending and hinting that the US may quit North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if they failed to do so. "I mean, plenty of the people that I deal with are pretty ruthless people".
Trump said the summit agenda will include among other things; Russia's involvement in Ukraine, Iranian interference in Syria, and Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked", Trump said.
The indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials, who stand accused of interfering in the 2016 campaign by hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee and stealing emails, adds another explosive element to Trump's highly anticipated summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.
When asked in a television interview, "What's your goal from the Putin meeting?"
The March 20 call came after Putin was re-elected, and was the same call in which Trump was given briefing materials instructing him not to congratulate Putin. Trump responded by calling her the "puppet".
At last, Donald Trump will get the chance to meet with Vladimir Putin at the formal summit both men have been seeking for months. "I really believe that", Trump said, vowing the summit was "only the beginning". I think having meetings with the president of China was a very good thing.