Trump Calls EU 'a Foe' Ahead of Putin Meeting

Trump names EU a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

A federal grand jury on Friday charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Republican Donald Trump.

Trump's congratulations of Putin on Twitter is particularly eye-raising following this week's indictment by the Robert Mueller investigation of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the DNC during the 2016 election. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Mr Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation".

"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 said.

"Well, I might", Trump said when asked during an interview with CBS News about extraditing the indicted intelligence agents.

Senior figures within the Democratic Party called on Trump to both call off the Helsinki meeting and demand retribution from Putin. Beyond that, Huntsman said it was "highly unlikely" that Trump will recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea at the summit, but would not rule it out completely.

Allies are nervously waiting to see if Trump sidles up to the canny Russian leader in the same way he has embraced other autocrats such as China's Xi Jinping, and even North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Before leaving the USA for his visit to Europe, he said his meeting with the Russian president "may be the easiest of all". The US leader added that he doesn't necessarily view them negatively.

Trump had said at a Friday joint press conference with May that he had provided a suggestion to her about handing Brexit negotiations, and that she had not taken it.

A man wearing a Putin mask and rainbow flag attends a rally against the policy of President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in central Helsinki on July 15.

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Soon, they were meeting for an embrace, with Anderson being the first South African man in 97 years to reach the Wimbledon final. He also went five sets to beat eight-time champion Roger Federer in the quarter-finals, winning the decider 13-11.

Trump sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki.

Trump and his top aides were downplaying expectations for Monday's summit as Trump continued to rattle allies by lumping in the European Union with Russian Federation and China after barnstorming across Europe, causing chaos at the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit and in a trip to the United Kingdom. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe.

"It doesn't feel good to have them here", said Anna Bruun, a civil servant who said she was opposed to "great power politics" playing out in her home city.

Referring to Mueller's probe, he said: "We do have a - a political problem where - you know in the United States we have this stupidity going on".

"If the Russians wanted to exfiltrate data from the RNC and use it against Donald Trump, they would have done so", Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday.

"Well, I might", Trump said when Glor asked about possibly extraditing the Russians. He did not mention any evidence gathered from the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee, which were never provided.

"It isn't a summit", US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S Meet the Press.

He has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Mr Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.

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