Amid protests, Trump arrives in Helsinki for summit with Putin

On eve of Russia summit, Trump calls EU foe

On eve of Russia summit, Trump calls EU foe

I met him twice, maybe three times. I've been nice to him.

Well, President Trump has spoken about these indictments in a very partisan way while members of his administration including the Secretary of Homeland Security have been saying that it was really about an attack on America. I did it. You got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think.

Drawing on his experience as a marketer and salesman, Trump has always been convinced that his mastery of powerful images has been essential to his political rise.

With the same attention to detail that he devoted to campaign ads, Trump masterminded numerous looks for his meeting with Kim, including the leaders' dramatic initial greeting and handshake and, later, their one-on-one time.

"The reaction of Beijing is particularly important for Moscow, given that the meeting in Helsinki is prepared amid another flashpoint in US-China relations", Kortunov believes. But if Trump wants to hawk his products like we see with informercials for "The Thighmaster" or "George Foreman Grill", Trump, not the American taxpayers, should be the ones paying for it. Not a question of friend or enemy.

Trump sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki. "'Would you do me a favor?"

Indeed, after a week in which Trump threatened to up-end a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, anxious European leaders may be relieved if not much comes of the Helsinki meeting.

Others on the United States side sought to lower expectations, attempting to downgrade the summit to just a regular bilateral meeting, given that no major achievements are likely. He reiterated the invitation on a call with Putin this spring and initially told aides that he wanted to have the meeting at the White House. He would regard the summit as a success if there was an agreement to merely reopen severed lines of communications across the board, he said. Trump departed for Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland.

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Trump will meet with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, despite calls from Democratic lawmakers to cancel the summit in light of Friday's indictments. Their first meeting came last July when both participated in an worldwide summit and continued for more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes.

Bolton on Sunday said he found it "hard to believe" that Putin did not know about the Russian disruption efforts, given the alleged role of Russian intelligence officers.

But far from his prediction that the Putin meeting would be the "easiest" part of his swing through Europe, the summit comes freighted with new tensions, after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the 2016 election.

Trump and Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits past year in Germany and in Vietnam. John McCain of Arizona. The president on Friday said he wasn't going into the meeting with high expectations.

But for Trump, whose White House victory was actively supported by 12 Russian military intelligence agents, according to a recent US indictment, and whose entourage is still being investigated for possible collusion with Moscow, the meeting is freighted with domestic political risk.

Senator Rand Paul suggested that Mr Trump not even bother to press Mr Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it".

Donald Trump repeated his previous assertion that European Union has "taken advantage of us on trade". "I will absolutely bring that up", Trump told reporters. But I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans too.

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