Trump says China, Russia and EU are ‘foes’ ahead of Putin summit

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

Intelligence agencies in the USA have since confirmed the belief that the hacking, which included the technique "spearphishing", was part of an extensive operation ordered by Putin to boost Trump's bid to become president of the United States.

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2018Trump told CBS News in an interview broadcast on Sunday that Strzok's testimony last week on Capitol Hill was "a disgrace to our country".

The meeting comes just days after a United States federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian intelligence operatives for allegedly hacking Democratic Party emails in order to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Russia had earlier denied meddling in the U.S. election campaign and Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on the Russian interference a "political witch hunt".

Earlier this year, Trump made a congratulatory phone call to Putin after the Russian president's re-election, despite warnings from the intelligence community to Trump not to congratulate Putin. He called on the special counsel to "end this pursuit of the president and say President Trump is completely innocent".

He said he expects talks with Mr Putin to produce "nothing bad" and "maybe some good".

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Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".

"Well I think we have a lot of foes". At another notable point in the 30-minute conversation, Trump reportedly falsely claimed his administration's widely criticized policy of separating undocumented immigrants from the border was actually an Obama-era policy. After the match ended, Trump took to Twitter to offer his congratulations to the French team with a specific shout-out for Putin. "I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it".

According to Politico, members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus could produce an impeachment filing against Rosenstein - who has overseen Mueller's Russian Federation probe since early 2017 - as early as Monday. "We have to start to set them right", added Ushakov.

Bolton was originally scheduled to be interviewed by Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union, but the White House cancelled his appearance after CNN's White House correspondent attempted to ask President Trump a question. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe", he said after being asked who the US' biggest adversary is globally in an interview aired by CBS' Face the Nation programme on Sunday.

Trump had also issued a series of tweets as he headed for Finland, saying no matter how well he does at the summit with Putin he would "return to criticism that it wasn't good enough".

"Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy".

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