Trump Calls European Union a ‘Foe’ of the United States

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

Trump said on Twitter as he left for Helsinki on Sunday that he was "looking forward to meeting with President Putin".

Trump has not said what he hopes to gain Monday from four hours of scheduled talks with Putin - including 90 minutes without any note-takers or aides - in Finland's main presidential palace.

But the Washington-Moscow rivalry has a long history and there are many points of friction that could yet spoil Trump's hoped-for lovely friendship.

Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.

The brash billionaire property magnate has been president for 18 months, while the 65-year-old former KGB officer has run Russian Federation for the past 18 years. On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu personally took his case to Putin, who later also received an envoy from Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. He said in the CBS interview that he's going into the meeting with "low expectations" but believes "it's a good thing to meet". "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade". It will be the first formal bilateral meeting between the two. "They want to do well and we want to do well".

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.

Many fear that Trump - in his eagerness to prove that he was right to seek the summit with Putin despite Russia's often hostile stance - may give up too much ground. But Trump didn't direct his tough words toward Russian Federation, the aggressor.

If Washington were to de facto accept Russia's 2014 land-grab, this would break with decades of U.S. policy send tremors through NATO's exposed eastern flank.

Ahead of the summit, 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the election.

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Trump often uses the term "fake news" when he disagrees with news reports.

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

"China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he told CBS.

"Russia has violated this norm by seizing Crimea and by interfering in the 2016 U.S. election".

The 23-page text did contain a reference to an old spending pledge the leaders made in 2014 after Russian Federation annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, convincing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation of the importance of halting spending cuts. It means that they are competitive.

Their joint-summit is hotly-anticipated due to their volatile relationship after the USA imposed a series of sanctions against Russia when it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and suspected Russian backing of Bashar al-Assad's gas attack on the Syrian region of Douma in April this year.

"America and the European Union are best friends", he tweeted.

"Helsinki may not be impressed either".

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