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

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

Donald Trump has called the European Union a "foe" of America, as he departed from the United Kingdom ahead of a summit with Vladimir Putin.

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

US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk as they make their way to take the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.

"When we heard that Presidents Trump and Putin were coming to Helsinki, we understood there were going to be hard talks ahead and a lot of tough decisions to be made, and we didn't want any topic to not be discussed", Huuhtanen tells MONEY.

"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". "I don't know what's going to happen, but I can tell you what I'll be asking for and we'll see if something comes of it". "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.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said anyone calling the EU foes was spreading "fake news".

But after being given the idea by his interviewer, President Trump said: "Certainly I'll be asking about it".

Donald Trump is to round off his first United Kingdom visit as president today as he heads for a meeting with Vladimir Putin. "They had bad defenses, and they were able to be hacked, but I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans too, but, and this may be wrong, but they had much stronger defenses". It doesn't mean anything. "It means that they are competitive", he said in the interview with CBS Evening News's Jeff Glor, which was conducted on Saturday.

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There will be outrage at home if Trump does not confront Putin over the scandal, but the mercurial USA leader would not say whether he would demand the suspects' extradition.

Others on the USA side sought to lower expectations, attempting to downgrade the summit to just a regular bilateral meeting, given that no major achievements are likely.

The singer ended his song with the rowdy recommendation that "Trump and Putin - piss off!" as the crowd erupted into wild cheers at Sunday's special summit-themed concert to cap off a march through downtown Helsinki.

On Friday, a federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, increasing pressure on Trump to raise the matter with Putin.

He blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked".

Putin and Trump have met on the sidelines of conferences in the past, but this is their first dedicated summit.

He is scheduled to meet with Putin on Monday in Helsinki, Finland. Six outside advisers and current and former White House officials contributed to this account; most spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss private conversations.

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