'Low Expectations' for Putin Summit

'Low Expectations' for Putin Summit

While he was on the course, Police Scotland announced they had arrested a man in connection with an aerial protest during Mr Trump's arrival at the Trump Turnberry hotel on Friday night.

It could be a particularly tricky meeting for Donald Trump on Monday after the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking in the run up to the 2016 presidential election. 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.

Any Trump request for Russia to extradite hacking suspects is likely to fall on deaf ears, however, as the Kremlin, citing the Russian constitution, has a policy of not handing over suspects wanted by other countries. "Terrible. We'll stop that", Trump said during a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders summit, according to German news magazine Der Spiegel, which cited sources at the alliance's meeting.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well I might. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I can tell you what I'll be asking for and we'll see if something comes of it".

"Any agreements reached in Helsinki cannot only be criticized, but also "tweaked" by officials of the Washington administration, among whom there are not that many supporters of the US-Russian rapprochement".

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said.

Trump apologised to May for the furore over his withering public critique, blaming "fake news" and promising instead a bilateral trade agreement with Britain after it leaves the European Union in March.

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Thousands of human rights activists have taken to Helsinki's streets on Sunday, to protest against the controversial presidential summit. CBS News released excerpts Sunday, hours before Trump was set to fly to Helsinki for the summit.

Donald Trump named the European Union as a foe to the United States. Other issues include the potential for nuclear arms talks and North Korea's nuclear challenge, given that US officials have said Russian Federation had worked in the past to help Pyongyang circumvent worldwide sanctions.

"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS.

Trump is due to meet with Putin in Helsinki for a summit on Monday. The Kremlin, state TV says, sees the summit as Trump's explicit attempt to normalize relations with Russian Federation, wiping the slate clean as to any outstanding issues.

The sponsors of the Russian "troll factory" that meddled in the 2016 US presidential campaign have launched a new American website ahead of the USA midterm election in November.

Both leaders will feel they have won simply by meeting with the eyes of the world upon them. "So this is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama and quite frankly some of the danger out of the relationship right now". The United States is portrayed as an adversary that realized the futility of past attempts to isolate or punish Russian Federation.

But Trump was also keeping tabs on domestic issues, including the investigations into Russian election meddling. Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured", saying: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here". But it appears aimed less at swaying the U.S. Congress one way or another and more at proving to fellow Russians that democracy is unsafe - and thereby legitimizing Putin's autocratic rule at home. State Duma member Leonid Kalashnikov recently said that every country meddles in others' elections, to a nervous reaction from both state TV hosts, one of whom noted: "You just admitted our interference".

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