Trump, Administration Officials Rein in Expectations for Talks With Putin

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

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"Tell us where you're going to extradite those folks", said Representative Trey Gowdy, who chaired a raucous House investigative hearing on Thursday that highlighted bitter, partisan divisions within the US Congress over a probe of Russian election meddling that has clouded Trump's presidency. "I hadn't thought of that. But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question". "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration". "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?"

"The very fact that we have our heads of state getting together for this kind of conversation is a big, big delivery", Huntsman said.

USA intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

In all, some 16 protests against both Trump and Putin's are expected to take place in the Finnish capital on Sunday and Monday.

"It's pretty silly for the president to demand something that he can't get legally", Bolton said on ABC News' This Week. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union but they're a foe", he said.

Donald Trump named the European Union as a foe to the United States. Democratic leaders have called for Mr Trump to cancel the summit in the light of the indictments. Asked in a BBC interview Sunday what that was, May responded with an amused expression: "He told me I should sue the EU".

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own deal-making skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit.

They are accused of using keystroke reading software to spy on the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and hack into the party's computers. "They had bad defences and they were able to be hacked", he added.

John Bolton, Mr Trump's national security adviser said that the U.S. would not be aiming for "deliverables", stating that the summit would be "unstructured", as the two presidents are expected to begin with one-on-one talks. Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured" and said: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here".

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We need to talk about it, " Bolton said.

But Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has insisted that "the goal of the conspirators was to have an impact on the (US) election". But he has also seemed to suggest that there is not much he can do to push back against the Russian leader's denials.

"After the indictment of the Russian agents, he should not have met with Putin", she added.

While the interview made headlines mostly for this line on Sunday, just a day before he is slated to meet face-to-face with President Putin, Trump also said he believes the same about Russian Federation and others. "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us, and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills", Trump said.

"Despite what you have heard from the fake news, I had a great meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel".

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said in an interview to CBS News while in Scotland.

"The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together", he added. I believe it's really good. So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out", he said.

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