Trump Says He Hadn’t Thought of Asking Putin to Extradite Hackers

Geneva Stokes
July 16, 2018

The U.S. president, who attracted huge protests during his visit to London this week, is scheduled to meet with Putin on Monday in a one-on-one summit that will see the two leaders come together with no one else in the room other than translators.

"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", he said.

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In the same interview, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals.

Mr Trump says such sessions are beneficial. Bolton in an interview to ABC News said that it was unlikely that the USA would be able to arrest or extradite the 12 Russians who were indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday.

Trump and his aides have been working through the weekend to soften expectations for tangible results from the Russian Federation meeting. "Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin". Instead, Paul said Trump and other US officials should focus on safeguarding upcoming elections from interference.

In Saturday's tweets, Trump tried to blame former President Barack Obama for failing to stop the Russians from working to help him win the 2016 election. He has denied any collusion by his campaign with the Russians. They chatted during the summit's welcome gala, each one wearing traditional Vietnamese shirts as they stood side by side for a group photo after a handshake. Last November, in Vietnam, they agreed to maintain open military channels of communications between their forces in Syria. "Maybe Trump gives away the Baltic states!" she said.

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Trump also named Russian Federation and China as foes of the U.S. Beyond that, Huntsman said it was "highly unlikely" that Trump will recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea at the summit, but would not rule it out completely.

On the eve of the Brussels summit, Tusk advised Trump to be more appreciative of allies because the United States doesn't "have that many".

Speaking before the summit in Helsinki, Trump added that his Republican Party had also been the target of Russian hacking efforts but had superior cybersecurity measures in place. "The Russians take the position - you can like it or not like it - that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens".

But US allies and many in Washington are anxious about what Trump might conceivably bargain away to Putin. "But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question". "We have lots to discuss. Let's get to it". Mark Warner said on CNN's "State of the Union". But I could name others also.

But for Trump, whose White House victory was actively supported by 12 Russian military intelligence agents, according to a recent USA indictment, and whose entourage is still being investigated for possible collusion with Moscow, the meeting is freighted with domestic political risk.

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