Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

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US President Donald Trump said yesterday that he had low expectations for his historic summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki today.

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

"I think it'd be a moot point; I don't think Russian Federation is sending anyone back over here for trial, the same way we wouldn't send anybody over there for trial", the Kentucky senator said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump was personally briefed by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein shortly before leaving for his seven-day European trip, which caps off Monday in the Nordic capital with the one-on-one Putin summit.

"Russia is foe in certain respects". China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe.

"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said. "It doesn't mean anything".

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He added that the USA and Russian Federation are the world's two great nuclear powers, and "the world wants to see us get along". Trump said he had raised the issue of alleged Russian meddling in USA elections in talks with on Monday.

"It doesn't feel good to have them here", said Anna Bruun, a civil servant who said she was opposed to "great power politics" playing out in her home city.

The Helsinki summit, which comes at one of the most crucial junctures for the West since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, has alarmed some North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies who fear Putin might seek a grand deal that would undermine the US-led transatlantic alliance.

United States President Donald Trump on late Sunday arrived in Helsinki, Finland for the much-awaited summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The veteran diplomat is concerned that some of the world's rules, based on which worldwide relations had been conducted, have been broken as "President Trump doesn't seem to be interested in the way we used to see during earlier American presidencies".

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said it's inevitable that Russian Federation will interfere in US elections and that it's pointless for Trump to confront Putin about it.

The indictments have strengthened Trump's hand heading into the summit, Bolton said.

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The "CBS Evening News" published the interview with Trump from his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland, on Sunday morning. "What, are they waving a white flag?"

"I respect the leaders of those countries", he told CBS.

Trump said in a Saturday interview he had "low expectations" for the meeting, and planned to ask about extraditing the indicted intelligence officers.

Although, Trump, who recently boasted of his exceptional "writing skills," should know that is not what foe means.

"Heading to Helsinki, Finland - looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow", Trump tweeted.

In the CBS News interview, Trump declined to discuss his goals for the summit - "I'll let you know after the meeting", he said - but said he believes such sessions are beneficial.

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