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Trump calls European Union foe on eve of Putin summit

17 July 2018

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said. "But - in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills and, you know, as an example a big problem with Germany".

Asked who is the United States' biggest foe globally, Trump said, "Well I think we have a lot of foes". He says of China: "But that doesn't mean they are bad". "So, we could do something to substantially reduce them - I mean, ideally get rid of them". It doesn't mean anything.

Bolton's comments come two days after the special counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering - efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election that Bolton said it was "hard to believe" Putin didn't know about.

Trump and U.S. officials have made clear they intend to raise a series of issues during the Helsinki summit, from the ongoing civil war in Syria to Russian actions in Ukraine to cyberactivities and North Korea.

"It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling", he said.

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Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 US presidential election.

The United States is not seeking "concrete deliverables" from the Trump-Putin meeting, a senior White House adviser said on Sunday.

The crowd repeated a refrain heard at many anti-Trump protests including one that drew tens of thousands to London as the President visited Britain last week: "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist U.S.!"

As Trump's Europe tour and the FIFA World Cup Russia continued to grab headlines, bombshell dropped across the Atlantic, casting a long shadow over the looming summit and putting the alleged Russian meddling of US politics right into limelight. "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together", he said.

Trump set expectations for the summit low, telling CBS News, "I don't expect anything".

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Over the weekend, the USA indicted 12 alleged Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly interfering with the 2016 presidential elections.

Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn't "morally equivalent" to US interference in Russian elections, but "I think in their mind it is". Putin has denied meddling in the election. Sen.

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.

'The administration has a pretty good policy towards Russian Federation, just the president doesn't agree with it, ' said Michael McFaul, a former USA ambassador to Russian Federation under Obama.

In other words, a Russian mirror of Trump's own "American First" platform, where threats and largesse are doled out in pursuit of deals in the national interest. Among senior Democrats, concern remains that he may do just that when he meets Putin three days after 12 Russians were indicted over the theft of data from Democratic bodies ahead of the 2016 election.

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Warner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Trump "has been completely reluctant to call out Putin as a bad actor". "I go in with very low expectations".

Trump calls European Union foe on eve of Putin summit