Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump calls the European Union a foe of the United States

Trump calls the European Union a foe of the United States

Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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

There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting altogether over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump responded that he "looks" at everybody and loves many European countries - noting that he has family ties to Scotland and Germany.

At the summit, the two leaders were expected to discuss, among other things, nuclear proliferation and the conflict in Syria.

The police said 16 or more demonstrations were registered before and during the summit, and on Sunday around 2,500 people got together at the Helsinki city center Senate Square to protest against the summit and Trump. "It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling". I do not like what your country tried to do to ours.

"He's been very nice to me the times I've met him. Two-and-a-half times", Trump said last week in Britain. "If we could develop a relationship which is good for Russian Federation, good for us, good for everybody, that would be great".

For Trump, the formal meeting with Putin is an opportunity to develop a closer working relationship with the Russian president.

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France coach Didier Deschamps became only the third man to win the World Cup as a player and a coach. But they were made to sweat for about an hour and needed an own goal and a penalty to take the lead.

The president also indicated he did not expect much progress on the issue. Midway through, Melania Trump was sent in to help wrap things up.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", wrote Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a statement.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own dealmaking skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a Russian man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit. His national security adviser said they weren't looking for any "concrete deliverables". He attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel over a pipeline deal with Russian Federation.

"That's what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and ask him about it", he told ABC News. But I go in with low expectations, I'm not going in with high expectations.

While at the Turnberry course on Friday evening, an activist for the Greenpeace environmental campaign group swooped on a powered parachute within a few hundred yards of the president as he stood outside the golf course's hotel.

"Putin has less to lose and more to gain because he does not have a domestic opposition, a potentially hostile legislature, and is not begin investigated like Trump". She blamed scheduling conflicts. Keep in mind that one of Scotland's main newspapers, The Scotsman, slammed Trump upon his arrival as a "a racist, a serial liar, and either a sex abuser or someone who falsely brags about being one in the apparent belief that this will impress other men in a metaphorical 'locker room'".

The following day, they shook hands and spoke briefly again, according to video of the encounter.

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