President Trump Sets Low Expectations For Summit With Vladimir Putin


Speaking ahead of his meeting with Mr Putin on Monday morning, President Trump said he had "low expectations" for the encounter, but noted "maybe some good" will come from it.

"But I go in with low expectations, I'm not going in with high expectations", Trump said. "I think we could probably get along very well", Trump said in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, answering a question if Putin was a ruthless person.

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

The U.S. has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can't compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens, and a provision in Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries.

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

US President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" of the United States in an interview that aired Sunday.

Trump labels European Union foe of US
He has repeatedly noted that Putin denies it, while also saying that it is alleged to have taken place before he became president. Niinistö also called attention to the importance of establishing and fostering a dialogue between the two heads of state.

Brexit amendment bill passes United Kingdom parliament vote
On Tuesday evening the Prime Minister fought off the threat of the United Kingdom being locked into a customs union after Brexit. He said the slender margin by which the vote was passed showed how important it was to continue to fight for a clean Brexit.

Thai cave rescue divers given diplomatic immunity
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has signalled the government is considering how to formally recognise the Australian team. Dr Harris praised Thailand's efforts during the rescue mission, and the huge assistance provided by the global community.

Trump professed confidence in the meeting and pointed to previous encounters with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping as examples. Trump said on Twitter Friday.

Pompeo - formerly director of the Central Intelligence Agency - added that it's "very important" that Trump and Putin meet.

On ABC's "This Week", White House national security adviser John Bolton tried to put a positive spin on the indictments stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, a probe that Trump has called a "rigged witch hunt" and bad for the U.S. "So, because we waste time saying, "Well, Putin needs to admit this and apologize" - he's not going to admit that he did it, and we can't take on face value anything they tell us".

Obama, however, personally warned Putin against messing with the election, imposed sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, kicked out 35 Russian diplomats and closed two of the Kremlin's compounds in the US.

"The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together", he added.

"Quite frankly I don't hold out much hope that he will take this much [more] seriously than he has during his presidency", he added. "We also do the same", Paul said. "That's a really good thing", he said.