'Low Expectations' for Putin Summit

The president says he has "low expectations" for the summit.

"They're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair", Trump told CBS. "I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing", Trump said, referring to his summit last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"Nothing bad's going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out". It shares a long border with Russian Federation, which ruled it for more than a century until the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, when Finland won its independence.

"I've heard it called a summit".

"They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", Trump said of the Russians.

"I think it's a good thing to meet".

The whole world is awaiting the landmark summit between the USA and Russian leaders, which is scheduled for Monday on the final leg of Trump's European tour. However, their extradition is highly unlikely.

"I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume none of them are lawyers because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation, so it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen", he said. Russia's constitution also prohibits turning over citizens to foreign governments.

"We'll be talking about Syria", he said.


But far from his prediction that the Putin meeting would be the "easiest" part of his swing through Europe, the summit comes freighted with new tensions, after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the 2016 election. "They had bad defenses and they were able to be hacked", Trump said.

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi wrote on Twitter: "Every single day, I find myself asking: what do the Russians have on @realDonaldTrump personally, financially, & politically?"

In a series of tweets, Trump blamed the media for inflating expectations for the meeting with Putin.

More: There are almost 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world - and Russian Federation, U.S. hold more than 90%.

In an interview with CBS News that aired Sunday, Trump described the European Union, a bloc of nations that includes many of America's closest allies, as a "foe".

Nonetheless, Bolton said the indictment is a "serious matter" that Trump needs to talk about it with Putin.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., said in a statement that "all patriotic Americans should understand that Putin is not America's friend, and he is not the president's buddy". "So they clearly believe that they are the ones who have very little to lose".

Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and USA allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties. Or if Trump's bonding with Putin emboldens Europeans who want to lift sanctions on Russian Federation - the new Italian government, Hungary or Austria. The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off the charts high.


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