"Low expectations" ahead of Helsinki meeting with Putin

Geneva Stokes
July 16, 2018

He now flies to Finland for a meeting with Putin.

US President Donald Trump arrived in Helsinki for the first summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after he lashed out at the media for being critical of his Russian policy.

In fact, Trump's father was born in New York City. "I just think so".

"There won't be a Perry Mason here. but I will absolutely firmly ask the question". "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", he said. "Trump will be responsive to that tack", she said.

Donald Trump says he may ask Vladimir Putin during their Monday summit meeting to extradite to the United States 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

"The president was briefed on the indictment coming", Bolton said.

"If the Russians wanted to exfiltrate data from the RNC and use it against Donald Trump, they would have done so", Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

When Trump meets Putin, he will sit down with a disciplined, detail-oriented and experienced Russian leader who has been on the world stage for more than 18 years, in contrast to 18 months in office for Trump.

He said he had been told "by a number of people" that hackers had also targeted the Republican party but "we had much better defences", although he added that "this may be wrong".

Bolton noted that a number of Democratic senators have called for these Russians to be extradited - but said they don't know what they're talking about, as the United States doesn't have an extradition treaty with Moscow. But that doesn't mean they're bad.

This month, the Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee backed the findings of an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the 2016 election and acted in favor of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

But for Putin, merely getting Trump to sit across the table counts as "an informal recognition of Russian Federation as a great power", political analyst Alexei Malashenko said. The latest update from Trump on the issue is that he "hadn't thought" about bringing up the allegations of election interference by Russians.

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The Helsinki summit has alarmed some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who fear Putin might seek a grand deal that undermines the US-led transatlantic alliance.

Trump raised the meddling issue during his first meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg past year.

Trump plans to meet one-on-one with Putin at the start of their first formal summit talks in Helsinki, Finland, before allowing other aides to participate.

Trump has suggested there likely will be few quantifiable results from the summit, telling CBS in an interview this weekend he is going into the meeting with "low expectations".

"Tell us where you're going to extradite those folks", said Representative Trey Gowdy, who chaired a raucous House investigative hearing on Thursday that highlighted bitter, partisan divisions within the US Congress over a probe of Russian election meddling that has clouded Trump's presidency.

He said he "believed in meetings" but was unsure what the outcome of the Helsinki meeting would be.

"Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation... over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he said.

Speaking in Scotland, he said: "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade".

"If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he tweeted.

His meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un ended with a decision by Trump to end US-South Korean military exercises, much to the surprise of Seoul and Tokyo.

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

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