Trump Says Putin ‘Probably’ A ‘Ruthless Person’

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", CBS News quoted Trump as saying in Scotland on Saturday. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". "I really would feel much better if there were other Americans in the room". "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news". Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

Writing in the French newspaper Le Monde last week Vladislav Inozemtsev, the director of the Centre for Post-Industrial Studies in Moscow, wrote that no normal agenda would be suitable for the type of meeting that Mr Trump undertook with Mr Putin.

The second option is for Trump to say, "Mr. President, there were those in my country who did not want this meeting to take place".

But after being asked about that by his interviewer, Trump said "certainly I'll be asking about it" although extradition is highly unlikely.

In Edinburgh, anti-fascist groups and political activists joined those who said they'd never protested before, weaving through the capital's streets waving an array of makeshift anti-Trump banners.

But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests".

"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."

There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel his meeting with Mr Putin over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I go in with low expectations- I'm not going with high expectations", Mr Trump told CBS News.

Earlier on Friday, President Trump said that he will "absolutely" ask his Russian counterpart about Moscow's alleged involvement in the USA presidential election.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said it would be "pretty silly" for Trump to ask Putin to hand over the indicted Russians.

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Since the start of Trump's presidency, relations have been tainted by allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and suspicions that the billionaire's campaign team colluded with the Kremlin.

Just half an hour had been blocked out for Trump and Putin to meet in Hamburg, Germany, during a summit of leaders of the world's largest economies. 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.

"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".

Trump, his campaign, and the Russian government all deny there was any collusion.

The grand jury charges shine a brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied Russian Federation sought to skew the election which Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.

Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the release of the charges "has no impact on Monday's meeting".

Bolton was skeptical as to whether Trump would press Putin to extradite the 12 Russian agents to the United States, noting that the two countries do not have an extradition agreement. Trump said in a series of tweets.

Speaking before the summit in Helsinki, Trump added that his Republican Party had also been the target of Russian hacking efforts but had superior cybersecurity measures in place.

Aides had said Trump would spend the weekend preparing to meet Putin on Monday in Helsinki, but the tweets showed other topics were on his mind.

Trump's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said Trump and Putin should meet as planned.

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