Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

Glen Norman
July 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump named Russian Federation, the European Union and China as "foes", in an interview aired Sunday on the eve of his summit with Vladimir Putin. "I do believe in meetings", Trump insisted in an interview with CBS News that aired before he touched down in Helsinki.

But Jon Huntsman, the United States 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".

"This was during the Obama administration".

He has since downplayed his Brexit comments - but speaking to the BBC on Sunday Mrs May said Mr Trump had advised her to "sue the EU". They have an agreement with the Europeans that looks a lot like an extradition treaty. Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Embassy in Moscow will "no doubt" work on submitting a formal request.

But doing so, Huntsman cautioned, "doesn't necessarily mean that the Russians are going to follow through".


"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. Russia's constitution also prohibits turning over citizens to foreign governments. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said.

The charges put an even greater spotlight on Mr Trump's treatment of Putin, who has denied making efforts to intervene in the USA election that Trump unexpectedly won.

In the CBS interview, Trump also asserted that the GOP was similarly not hacked during the 2016 campaign because the Republican National Committee had better cybersecurity.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton, at least prior to joining the White House, have both been more critical of Moscow than the president they serve. I've been told that by a number of people.

"I think we have to protect ourselves", Paul said.


"I think the DNC should have been ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he told Glor. But that doesn't mean they're bad.

Mr Trump has also been urged to raise the poisoning of two people in the United Kingdom who came into contact with the nerve agent Novichok.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits a year ago in Germany and Vietnam. "So, because we waste time saying, 'Well, Putin needs to admit this and apologize, ' - he's not going to admit that he did it, and we can't take on face value anything they tell us".

"So amusing! I just checked out Fake News CNN, for the first time in a long time (they are dying in the ratings), to see if they covered my takedown yesterday of Jim Acosta (actually a nice guy)". Other issues include the potential for nuclear arms talks and North Korea's nuclear challenge, given that US officials have said Russian Federation had worked in the past to help Pyongyang circumvent worldwide sanctions.

Mr Trump says he will raise the issue, but the summit has no formal agenda.


Always favoring bold gambits that would separate him from his predecessors, Trump believed that the historic meeting with Kim was potentially his ticket for a Nobel Peace Prize and would become an essential part of his legacy. But I could name others also.

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