Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations

Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations

Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on the president to pull out of Monday's meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue. "We have 90 percent of the nuclear and that's not a good thing, it's a bad thing". "He may come in with maps of Syria, maps of Ukraine, and, frankly, I think he'll take advantage of this President, who we know doesn't do much prep work before these meetings".

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.

"To me, it's the only question that interests the American press", reporter Yegor Kolyvanov said on NTV, a Kremlin-controlled national TV channel.

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He nevertheless praised the Russian President for organising a "truly great World Cup tournament, one of the best ever!".

Finland also hosted unofficial talks between representatives from North Korea, South Korea and the USA earlier this year, in anticipation of the summits between North and South Korea, and later between North Korea and the US. Putin made Trump wait for him, arriving behind schedule in Helsinki as the two leaders attempted yet another reset of U.S-Russian relations.

The crowd repeated a refrain heard at many anti-Trump protests including one that drew tens of thousands to London as the president visited Britain last week: "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist United States of America!"

Strzok was removed from the investigation following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages previous year that he traded with an FBI lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 election.

Peter Strzok is the former FBI agent whose anti-Trump text messages have prompted congressional investigations into political bias at the FBI.

Earlier Monday, the president wrote on Twitter that "Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of US foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt! But we'll also be talking about other things".

Big banners said "Welcome Trump" and "God Bless D & M Trump" and a helicopter hovered overhead.

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For the president, it's likely to add another to his list of grievances about a network he has denounced as "fake news ". The press conference occurred after Putin and Trump held a meeting in which they were joined only by translators.

But Trump, who said last week that meeting with Putin may be "the easiest" part of his trip, is banking on his personality to forge a lasting bond with Putin that could improve U.S. -Russia relations and solve some of the world's intractable problems.

Warner tells NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Trump "has been completely reluctant to call out Putin as a bad actor".

The reason for Putin's delay was not clear.

As U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's Vladimir Putin prepare to meet in Helsinki Monday, thousands of Finns took to the streets.

In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals. But last week, the Justice Department announced the indictments of 12 Russian agents for hacking into Democratic emails during the campaign.

The Kentucky senator noted that the U.S.

Addressing the media, Trump said the meeting Monday with Putin "went very well".

Ambassador Jon Huntsman says the two countries now have a "fraught bilateral relationship". The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off the charts high.

For Putin, the fact that the summit is even happening despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and US allies is a geopolitical win because, in Russian eyes, it shows that Washington recognizes Moscow as a great power whose interests must be taken into account.

The president flew in from Scotland, where he and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at a golf resort he owns there.

In 1975, the U.S. and Russian Federation - then the key power in the Soviet Union - along with 33 other states, signed a major agreement in Helsinki to defuse Cold War tensions.

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