Trump accepts Vladimir Putin's denials of election meddling

Frederick Owens
July 17, 2018

Though both the USA and the Soviet Union were prepared to target civilian population centres during the Cold War, today the US's nuclear missiles exist mainly to target and destroy Russia's nuclear weapons sites as a means of blunting a Russian counterattack.

Trump says in a statement that he directly addressed meddling by Russia in the 2016 us election with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But why is Finland playing host to the summit that Trump is going into "with low expectations"?

Earlier Monday, the president wrote on Twitter that "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!".

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs tweeted its response, saying "We agree".

"If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" he tweeted.

"NATO was a little bit tough at the beginning and it turned out to be love", replied Trump.

But insisting he had won the race fair and square, the wealthy property tycoon said: "I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation". Finland is not a member nation but has a memorandum of understanding with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Additional protests are expected Monday. Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki was his first time sharing the worldwide stage with a man he has described as an important USA competitor - but whom he has also praised a strong, effective leader. Asked about the tweet and whether he held Russian Federation responsible for anything, Trump said he held "both countries responsible" thinks the United States has been "fooling" and that "we're all to blame". I think that the United States has been foolish.

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In a weekend interview with CBS News, Mr. 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.

"He just said it's not Russian Federation". Undeterred, the American president is set to go face-to-face with Putin, the authoritarian leader for whom he has expressed admiration. "Do we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election, '" Trump said.

Trump and Putin have held talks several times before. Trump said the meeting was a "good start". I will say this: "I don't see any reason why it would be". "I don't really, I can't tell you what's going to happen".

Critics and Trump's own advisers have urged Trump to use the summit to press Putin hard about "malign" activities, from annexing Ukraine's Crimea peninsula to interfering in Western elections, to poisoning a spy in England, which Moscow denies.

But the United States leader would not say whether he would demand the extradition of 12 Russian intelligence officers who were indicted last week by USA special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries. Putin has denied trying to influence the vote. "I think we'll be talking about many other subjects".

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite allegations of Russian meddling in USA politics, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

Bolton noted that American officials could work with Interpol and the International Association of Chiefs and Police to arrest the defendants in other countries.

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