Donald Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin


Bolton's comments come two days after the special counsel Robert Mueller brought charges against 12 Russian military intelligence officers, accusing them of hacking, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering - efforts to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election that Bolton said it was "hard to believe" Putin didn't know about.

US President Donald Trump named Russia, the European Union and China as "foes", in an interview aired on the eve of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

This month, the Republicans and Democrats on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee backed the findings of an assessment from U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian Federation tried to interfere in the 2016 election and acted in favor of Trump and against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"All I can do is say, 'Did you?'" Trump said days ago at a news conference in Brussels.

The timing of the latest charges sparked outrage among Republicans in Congress, who had been promoting claims that anti-Trump bias by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents improperly influenced Mueller's probe into the alleged Russian hacking and contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign ahead of the election.

"You know, it's pretty silly for the president to demand something that he can't get legally", Bolton told ABC News ahead of Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki.

"Having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it. We have to start to set them right".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May revealed on Sunday that Donald Trump gave her this piece of advice: Sue the European Union, don't negotiate.

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"Not welcome", read one sign, held by Hemmo Siponen, showing a cartoon of Trump and Putin embracing. He was returning to the White House after Monday's meeting with Putin in Helsinki, the Finnish capital. "I don't believe we've put enough resources as a nation into investigating what happened two years ago and making sure it never happens again".

US President Donald Trump has boarded a plane from Scotland after his four-day visit to the UK. But I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans too.

He also said Russian Federation "is a foe in certain respects" and that China "is a foe economically". As for Russian Federation, it's a "foe in certain respects". "An interference by the US Congress is probable; it has repeatedly shown its desire to limit the powers of the US president in matters relating to Russian Federation", he said.

But for Putin, merely getting Trump to sit across the table counts as "an informal recognition of Russian Federation as a great power", political analyst Alexei Malashenko said.

Trump told Putin that he had spoken with British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "and they agree with me" about the "outrageous" nature of the video, a source told Axios. When asked about who he sees as the U.S.'s biggest foe, he said that the US has "a lot of foes".

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.

John Bolton, national security adviser to President Donald Trump, rejected the suggestion that Trump's attitude toward the media is similar to Russian President Vladimir Putin's.

Mr Trump singled out others as America's enemies.