US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

US President Trump has 'low expectations' for Helsinki summit

President Donald Trump named the European Union as a top adversary of the United States and denounced the news media as the "enemy of the people" before arriving in Helsinki on Sunday on the eve of his high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Trump's summit with Putin is coming three days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of meddling in the 2016 us presidential election to help Trump win the White House.

But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said, "Certainly I'll be asking about it".

The indictment also says the defendants conspired to steal voter data by hacking into the computers of state boards of elections, secretaries of state, and USA companies that supplied election technology.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own deal-making skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit.

Trump said in Brussels on July 12 that he will go into the meeting with Putin "not looking for so much".

The national security adviser said Trump and Putin would also be discussing Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and subsequent US economic sanctions in protest, Russian support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the continuing involvement of USA and Russian troops in Syria and efforts to demand North Korea end its nuclear weapons development. "I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing", he said of North Korea's supreme leader whom he met last month in Singapore.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out", he said.

Asked whether he would press Putin to send to the U.S. members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, he said it had not occurred to him.

Nielsen said her agency will help state and local election officials prepare their systems for cyberattacks from Russian Federation or elsewhere. I've been told that by a number of people.

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

Russian Federation would also take into consideration the effect of any possible "rapprochement" with the United States would have on its "allies and friends", Kortunov said, naming Iran, Syria, North Korea, Venezuela and China as examples of such countries.

But in Helsinki, which lies close to the Russian border, there was plenty of heat on Putin too. "And he replied 'Because of the Mueller investigation.' No Mr. President, the reason why relations with Russian Federation are hard is because Russian Federation and its agents interfered dramatically in the 2016 elections".

"The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", Trump told Glor.

Second, Friday's move is typical in that Mueller's indictments tend to always seem a bit surprising in their breadth, indicating that the investigation is a little broader, a little farther along, and a little more wide-ranging than many observers think.

"Well, I might", he said. Trump, unlike Putin, is facing hard domestic pressure and any deals reached in Helsinki can be potentially undermined by the USA top lawmakers and bureaucracy, which have been repeatedly showing a stern anti-Russian stance.

Jeffrey Mankoff, a Russian Federation expert at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies said: 'Trump has maybe a little less room to maneuver if he wants to downplay the issue or pretend that it's not real'. Russian Federation is a foe in certain respects.

"The very fact that we have our heads of state getting together for this kind of conversation is a big, big delivery", Huntsman said. They used this to falsely claim to be a single Romanian hacker who broke into the Democrat-run systems.

Mr Trump's repeated attacks on the news media while overseas - he also lashed out at NBC News and The Sun newspaper during a news conference - has alarmed free speech advocates, especially as Mr Trump is set to hold a joint press availability with Mr Putin, whose country is known for being deeply hostile to a free press.

"If they're patriotically minded, they start making their contribution", Putin told foreign journalists.

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