Trump has "low expectations" for Putin summit

"We have discussions on everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China - China, we'll be talking about China, our mutual friend, President Xi".

Michael McFaul, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation from 2012 to 2014, tweeted that Trump sided with Putin over Coats.

"I don't think Russian Federation is sending anyone back over here for trial, the same way we wouldn't send anybody over there for trial", Paul mused on CNN's State of the Union.

He also said in the interview, taped Saturday, that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA presidential election.

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said his expectations for the summit were low.

Trump said last week that he would raise the meddling issue again with Putin, but questions have been swirling about whether Trump will sharply and publicly rebuke his Russian counterpart for the interference that prompted a special investigation probe that Trump has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt".

Trump and Putin meet later Monday at the palace.

Trump has arrived at the the Mäntyniemi Residence in Helsinki, where he and first lady Melania Trump were greeted by President Sauli Niinistö (SAW-lee KNEE-nes-tuh) and his wife.

But the top Democrat in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer, tweeted that many Americans can only wonder if "the only possible explanation for this risky behaviour is the possibility that President Putin holds damaging information over President Trump".

The president then stated he sees Russian Federation as a "foe in certain respects", and China as a "foe economically".

He wrote, "America and the European Union are best friends, whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

Clinton tweeted Sunday night, ahead of the President's first official summit with Putin, taking place in Helsinki, Finland.

The demonstrations were peaceful and crossed political party lines to protest against both Trump and Putin.

Anti-Trump protesters gathered in Helsinki's Senate Square and marched through the Finnish capital and ended their demonstration at the square.

"I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, but it's possible that we won't", Trump told CBS News in an interview broadcast Sunday.

"The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers", Coats said in a statement.

"I stand with our men and women in the USA intelligence community, and am highly disturbed by President Trump's statements supporting Putin's baseless, false claims of innocence".

But Trump, convinced his unique brand of diplomacy can win over Putin, pressed ahead and looked forward to "having an extraordinary relationship" as the pair sat down to discuss global hotspots.

Former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency, Michael Hayden, told NPR's All Things Considered he wouldn't have gone as far as Brennan's condemnation, but he said Trump's performance "was a surprise".

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump denounced European allies for falling short on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending commitments, fueling fears about his commitment to the transatlantic alliance. The Russian leader did not say what actions, if any, he took to support Trump.

Trump also praised Putin for holding the World Cup, which ended Sunday.

  • Rogelio Becker