Trump Says Putin ‘Probably’ A ‘Ruthless Person’

Trump Declares EU a 'Foe,' Alongside Russia and China

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 USA economic adversaries.

"I think the DNC (Democratic National Committee) should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he said.

"Russia is foe in certain respects". China's a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they're bad. It doesn't mean anything.

USA officials have said they hope to make progress during the talks persuading Russian Federation to use its influence to get Iranian forces out of Syria, as part of a wider campaign to rein in Iran's influence in the Middle East. The leaders are expected to take questions from journalists at the conclusion of the summit, which would mark the first time they have done so together.

The US has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium against the European Union and other allies, sparking retaliation.

"I think we could probably get along very well", Trump added, referring to his scheduled summit with Putin. But Jon Huntsman, the USA 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".

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: "Well, I might".

Ahead of his visit to Helsinki, Mr Trump posted a series of tweets: "Heading to Helsinki, Finland - looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow", he wrote. "You're supposed to be fighting for someone", he said, "and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one you're, you know, guarding against". But he says, "I think in their mind it is".

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Trump's comments double down on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries at last week's summit.

Shortly after, news broke of the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking Democrats during the 2016 elections.

Tusk accused Trump of spreading "fake news" with a comment Trump made during an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday. -Soviet and U.S. -Russian summits because of its geographic location and perceived neutrality. "I think it's ridiculous, so I let that be known also this time", Trump said.

"The fact that we're having a summit at this level, at this time in history, is a deliverable in itself", said Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation.

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

Trump has denied any collusion with Russia and has repeatedly cited Putin's denials of any Russian interference in the campaign, suggesting there is little or nothing he can do to demand accountability.

Instead, Mr Paul said Mr Trump and other U.S. officials should focus on safeguarding upcoming elections from interference. Trump has been reluctant to criticize Putin over the years and has described him as a competitor in recent days.

Trump repeatedly has cast doubt on the conclusion that Russian Federation was behind the hacking of his Democratic rivals and disparaged special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and his campaign as a "witch hunt". And they, likewise, are doing a lot.

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