Finnish Newspaper Greets Trump and Putin With Billboards Defending 'Free Press'

Nellie Chapman
July 16, 2018

In an interview with CBS News, Trump said his expectations for the summit were low. "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", Paul mused on CNN's State of the Union. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

Trump and Putin will meet on Monday in Helsinki for their first stand-alone meeting since Trump took office in January 2017.

The US president left after another round of golf at his Turnberry resort on Sunday after a four-day visit.

Trump and his aides have been working through the weekend to soften expectations for tangible results from the meeting.

"Germany's like sitting back silent, collecting money and making a fortune with probably the greatest leader in the world today, Merkel", Trump said in a 2015 interview with United States news magazine Time.

Russian Federation has no extradition treaty with the U.S.so it is unlikely that the Russian Federation would turn them over to the U.S.to stand trial.

The highly anticipated meeting comes after 12 Russians were charged with hacking in the 2016 U.S. elections.

After months of anticipation, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet Monday to put to the test the U.S. President's ambition to forge a personal bond with the Kremlin chief.

He again described Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation as a "witch hunt" that has hampered US relations with Russian Federation. Unilateral deals at the expense of one's own partners also harm the U.S. in the end.

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized members for failing to spend more on defense and openly questioned the alliance's goal.

US official: Russian Federation using social media to divide Americans
Turning one of Trump's derisive comments back at the president, Tusk said that "whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news ". Mr Trump says he will raise the issue, but the summit has no formal agenda. "But that doesn't mean they are bad".


They are accused of using keystroke reading software to spy on the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and hack into the party's computers.

Trump often blames Obama for problems affecting his presidency. Mark Warner said on CNN's "State of the Union". "I really would feel much better if there were other Americans in the room".

As of Friday, the inquiry has indicted 32 people - mostly Russian nationals in absentia - as well as three companies and four former Trump advisers.

The president has repeatedly said the investigation into Russian election meddling is a "rigged witch hunt" that makes it hard for him to do substantive deals with Moscow.

None of the charges allege Trump advisers colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the presidential campaign.

The grand jury charges shine a brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied Russian Federation sought to skew the election which Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won. But many state lawmakers and members of Congress say it's taken far too long, and that Trump's refusal to condemn Russia's interference in the 2016 election complicates efforts to combat future attacks. Russia's constitution forbids the extradition of its own citizens.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said. "But certainly, I'll be asking about it".

France clinched its second FIFA World Cup title after beating Croatia 4-2 in the finals on Sunday, as Fox News reported - in the highest-scoring final since 1966.

But Jon Huntsman, the USA ambassador to Russian Federation, said Monday's meeting "is really the first time for both presidents to actually sit across the table and have a conversation and I hope it's a detailed conversation about where we might be able to find some overlapping and shared interests". Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said don't bother.

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