The Putin-Trump Summit: In Helsinki, Three Worldviews Will Clash

On eve of Russia summit, Trump calls EU foe

Trump and Putin: Nordic media will not be bullied

Donald Trump says he may ask Vladimir Putin during their Monday summit meeting to extradite to the USA 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. Trump departed for Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland.

On Thursday, Trump described Putin as a "competitor" rather than an "enemy" and said he expected they would get on well when they hold their first summit in Helsinki. Predictably, from the man who is never shy about weighing in with his opinions on global matters, U.S. President Donald Trump also offered his congratulations to France, and ... to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In a pre-summit interview with CBS News' "Face the Nation" program aired on Sunday, Trump lumped in the European Union with China and Russian Federation as USA economic adversaries.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes".

Trump added the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade" though this "does not mean that they are bad".

"Question for President Trump as he meets Putin", she said.

A billboard is pictured on Presidents Donald Trump's route from the airport to his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

Trump also listed Russian Federation as a "foe in certain respects" and China as "a foe economically". China is a foe economically, certainly.

Friday's charges against the 12 Russian officers alleging they hacked Democratic computer networks in 2016 represented the most detailed USA accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Trump. It doesn't mean anything.

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As of Friday, the inquiry has indicted 32 people - mostly Russian nationals in absentia - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers.

He said he did not have high expectations of the summit, but Russian state television has already proclaimed a victory for Mr Putin, as his isolation has ended with nothing being asked in return.

The president has promised to raise the subject of election meddling in the meeting, but last November said he believed Putin when the Russian president assured him he knew nothing of a covert Russian campaign to interefere with the 2016 election.

Trump also told Britain's Daily Mail newspaper in the interview published on July 14 that he "fully intends" to run for reelection in 2020, adding that "it seems like everybody wants me to".

The glider carried a banner that said "Trump: Well Below Par" over the resort Friday night to protest his environmental and immigration policies.

If Trump's instinct is right and he finds common ground with Putin, then the pair's Helsinki Summit may take the heat out of some of the world's most risky conflicts. "He goes out of his way to behave in a way no other USA president would have behaved", Salonius-Pasternak told DW.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating USA intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the 2016 election in Mr Trump's favour.

Relations between the press and government officials in both the US and Russian Federation have been problematic throughout the years.

On the matter of pressing Putin on his involvement in the 2016 hack, though, Trump does have one logical argument on his side: even if he was insistent that Putin extradite the hackers, there is no chance he'd meet with success - and maybe it would be foolish to even try. "I think it's ridiculous, so I let that be known also this time".

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