Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Putin Summit Should Proceed: Pompeo

Putin Summit Should Proceed: Pompeo

The dynamics of Monday's meeting between the two world leaders are complicated by the allegations of Russian meddling in the USA election and the special counsel's search for links between Russia and members of President Trump's campaign.

But the charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Mr. Trump's treatment of Mr. Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Mr. Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.

Mr Trump says such sessions are beneficial.

In an interview, Trump said that he's going into the meeting in Finland with "low expectations.not going with high expectations".

"I think it'd be a moot point; 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", the Kentucky senator said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union".

Foreign policy experts aren't so sure. I've been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses so they couldn't. "Our guy here is like an amateur boxer going up against Muhammad Ali".

The President nevertheless underlined the importance of holding bilateral meetings with global leaders, including Mr Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Putin summit underway in Helsinki amid protests
The two leaders agreed to cooperate more closely to fight terrorism, cybersecurity and nuclear nonproliferation. The Russian foreign ministry "liked" his words and tweeted back: "We agree ".

Putin has said Russians indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller - 13 other individuals and three entities were named in February - will "never" be extradited.

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.

The Russians are accused of hacking into the computer networks of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, and then releasing stolen emails on the internet in the months before the election, AP reported.

Despite calls by top Democrats in Congress for Trump to cancel the meeting, Pompeo told reporters on his flight back from Mexico Friday night, "I think it's very important that they meet".

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out". "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.

"I will absolutely bring that up", Trump said. An excerpt of the interview will air on Sunday while the rest will be broadcast on Monday. "I think that getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing", Trump told the program.

Speaking to ABC's This Week, national security adviser John Bolton said: "The United States does not have an extradition process with Russian Federation so it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen".

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