Trump said in an interview with CBS News broadcast on Sunday that he may ask the Russian president to extradite the agents to the U.S. On Monday, he blamed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the election interference for poor relations between the U.S. and Russia, rather than the Kremlin activities that the Department of Justice began probing in 2016.
U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin are scheduled to speak at a joint news conference at 9:50 a.m. EDT today. John McCain was most outspoken, declaring that Trump made a “conscious choice to defend a tyrant” and achieved “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” Sen.
But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said; “Certainly I’ll be asking about it”.
Trump is not, however, expected to offer to halt military exercises in the Baltics as part of his discussions with Putin, with a USA official telling CNN’s Jeff Zeleny “at least that’s the plan going in”.
Donald Trump opened the meeting with warm words for Vladimir Putin and said it was a longstanding goal of his to improve the relationship between the two countries.
Until the leaders met, the agenda of the talks was unclear but Trump said their discussions would involve trade, the military, missiles, nuclear weapons and China, including their “mutual friend” China’s Xi Jingping.
The indictments of the Russian military officials Friday created a clear line of questioning Trump could ask Putin, yet Trump seems unlikely to push Putin on the hacking. I think the U.S. has been foolish. Trump laid out a list of topics for discussion that notably did not include Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. He did not mention Russia’s meddling in the US election. Browder was a driving force behind a USA law targeting Russian officials over human rights abuses.
“You can’t solve problems if you’re not talking about them”, said Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation in a briefing before the Trump-Putin summit.
Trump “tweeted that America is at fault, blame America first for the tensions in U.S. -Russia relations”, McFaul said during an appearance on MSNBC Monday morning.
President Donald Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin yet again on Russia’s hosting of the World Cup tournament, his second offer of felicitations for the successful running of the soccer championship. Even staunch Trump backer Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, called Trump’s comments “the most serious mistake of his presidency” and said they “must be corrected_-immediately”.
“The probe in a disaster for our country”. He has repeatedly noted that Putin denies it, while also saying that it is alleged to have taken place before he became president. Asked whether Russian Federation was responsible at all, Trump said “we’re all to blame” for the soured relations.
But insisting he had won the race fair and square, the wealthy property tycoon said: “I have President Putin, he just said it is not Russian Federation”.
Putin said: “The time has come to talk in a substantive way about our relations and problem areas of the world”.
But over breakfast with Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, he insisted North Atlantic Treaty Organisation “has never been stronger” and “never been more together” thanks to his insistence on all allies paying their fair share.
Putin kept Trump waiting a full hour before the summit.
The meeting, in Helsinki, Finland, is the first stand-alone summit between the two leaders.
Last week, United States authorities indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers for alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election. Putin, however, slouched into his chair with his legs spread and his arms resting on the sides of the chair as he stared blankly at Trump and reporters. He nodded along to some of Trump’s remarks before they were translated, showcasing his fluency in English.