President Trump has said he has "low expectations" ahead of a summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, and added that he sees the European Union as a "foe" of the U.S. He also told CBS that he was going into it with "low expectations".
Asked whether he would press Mr Putin to extradite to the United States members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking Mrs Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign, Mr Trump said he had not thought of that but that he might.
The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can not compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens.
On late Sunday night, Trump and his wife Melania arrived in Helsinki for the much-awaited summit with Putin.
Warner also argued that the White House needs "other individuals from his administration in the room so we know that at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don't interfere in future USA elections".
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Trump professed confidence in the meeting and pointed to previous encounters with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping as examples.
"From an opening words standpoint, the president should speak first and know exactly what he is going to say", Weinberg wrote for Fox News. Look, if we can get along with Russian Federation that's a good thing. "They want to do well and we want to do well".
Taking to his Twitter handle, Trump wrote: "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on the president to pull out of Monday's meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue.
"I think it's very important that they meet", Pompeo told reporters about his return from Mexico on Friday night.
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Mr Trump tweeted today: "Heading to Helsinki, Finland - looking forward to meeting with President Putin tomorrow". But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said, "Certainly I'll be asking about it".
Speaking to reporters in the United Kingdom on Friday before the indictments became public, Trump pledged to raise the 2016 election meddling issue during his sit-down with Putin.
Several lawmakers have spoken out since the indictments for Trump to cancel the meeting, agree to bring other USA officials in the meeting, and to prioritize discussing campaign meddling. Bolton in an interview to ABC News said that it was unlikely that the U.S. would be able to arrest or extradite the 12 Russians who were indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday.
Finland has a long legacy of hosting US-Russian summits because of its perceived neutrality and geographic location, as per several media reports.
"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!"
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., meanwhile, suggested that Trump not even bother to press Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it". Giuliani tweeted a statement saying that the indictments, announced by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, show that Trump should be vindicated in the election interference probe. Paul then attacked Blitzer's interviewing skills.
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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.