Trump says US-Russia relations ‘never worse’ ahead of meeting with Putin

Trump Declares EU a 'Foe,' Alongside Russia and China
Crimea And NATO Loom Large Over Monday's Trump-Putin Summit
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18 July, 2018

Most Germans consider US President Donald Trump a bigger threat than Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The US President is also scheduled to attend a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election. "But I think it is highly unlikely that you'll see any change in Crimea", Mr. Huntsman said on NBC's "Meet the Press". He and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at a golf resort Trump owns in Turnberry.

Trump's remarks follow an escalating pattern of often haphazard attacks on America's European allies, especially in recent months as Trump's attempts to start a global trade war have intensified.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told journalists traveling with him that he is "confident" the meeting "will put America in a better place".

Although Trump did not react publicly to the video, he "lashed out at the Russian President in a phone call", the report says, citing sources with direct knowledge of the call.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said in an interview to CBS News while in Scotland.

Trump also announced that he has not thought about asking Putin to turn over the 12 indicted Russians from the Mueller probe, saying "this was during the Obama Administration". "Doesn't that contribute to exactly the kind of undermining of the free press that we see out of Russian Federation?"

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President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.

Trump recently took aim at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation on Twitter before saying last week in a meeting with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that Moscow controlled Berlin because of an energy pipeline project. Last November, in Vietnam, they agreed to maintain open military channels of communications between their forces in Syria.

"Keep your objectives low", Continetti said, referring to the Trump administration. "It means that they are competitive", he said.

In the CBS interview, Trump appeared to lay blame for the hacking on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, not Russian Federation.

Huntsman added: "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together".

Four NATO members - the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia and Greece - meet the requirements of a plan under which countries contribute 2 percent of their nation's economic output to defense.

The top US diplomat says President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin should meet as planned on Monday despite new charges that 12 Russian intelligence officers hacked into Democratic email accounts during the 2016 USA presidential election. One poster, with a headline from 2004, reads in Russian: "Russian reporter who criticized Putin gains asylum in Britain".


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