US official: Russian Federation using social media to divide Americans

Nellie Chapman
July 16, 2018

The United States and Russia have confirmed that Monday's summit between their two leaders will go ahead as planned despite tension over allegations that Russian intelligence officers interfered with the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

He is expected to leave the United Kingdom later after staying at his Turnberry resort on Scotland's Ayrshire coast during the private leg of his visit.

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

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump responded.

"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 USA news magazine Time.

Donald Trump administration's policy toward the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation are essentially Realist in the sense that he finds it more expedient to deal with each ally individually, rewarding or punishing each depending on its policies-in that format, the United States clearly holds all the cards.

Mr Trump repeated his previous assertion that the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade". Alongside Russia and China, Trump mentioned the European Union, which includes several of the oldest, closest allies of the United States, when asked about the country's global foes. Turning one of Trump's derisive comments back at the president, Tusk said that "whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

For Putin, the fact that the summit is even happening despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and US allies is a geopolitical win because, in Russian eyes, it shows that Washington recognises Moscow as a great power whose interests must be taken into account.

Mr Trump says he will raise the issue, but the summit has no formal agenda.

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"But that doesn't mean they are bad". It doesn't mean anything. "They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", he said.

Trump has called the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow a "witch hunt" and has shown an eagerness to get along with his Russian counterpart, repeatedly referring to the former KGB leader's denials of such behavior.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton, at least prior to joining the White House, have both been more critical of Moscow than the president they serve.

Leading Democratic senators asked Trump in a letter Saturday to scrap the summit if he was not prepared "to make Russia's attack on our election the top issue you will discuss". They also believe that Trump will withdraw his stated objections to the Nord-Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany.

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.

Hillary Clinton hit President Trump on Sunday night over his planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin - as she fit in a reference to the World Cup final.

Trump declined to offer his goals for the first summit between the two world leaders, but promised that "nothing bad" would come out of it. Trump and Putin have talked previously on the sidelines of global gatherings.

"For the president to demand something that isn't going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength".

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