Trump meets Putin: fears that secrets will slip out in Helsinki

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

Helsinki's presidential palace was built for the Russian Tsars and hosted Cold War meetings between the United States and Kremlin leaders.

Sunday also saw a protest march against the summit in Helsinki.

"Vladimir Putin is a trained KGB agent".

If Mr. Trump's instinct is right and he finds common ground with Mr. Putin, then the pair's Helsinki Summit may take the heat out of some of the world's most unsafe conflicts.

A billboard is pictured on Presidents Donald Trump's route from the airport to his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

The comment on a bloc that has been one of America's staunchest allies drew sharp condemnation from the European Council President Donald Tusk.

Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation, said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday" that it was critical that the parties not expect too much from the meeting.

Trump also tweeted Sunday that he believes no matter well how the summit with Putin goes, he'll face criticism from Democrats and the media.

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Trump has feuded with the US news media throughout his 18-month presidency, nearly daily branding stories he doesn't like as "fake news".

"We need other individuals from his administration in the room so we know at least someone will press the Russians on making sure they don't interfere in future USA elections", the Virginia Democrat said.

Speaking at a press conference alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May, President Trump seemed reluctant on a question of whether the U.S. and Russian Federation could realistically build a stronger alliance given Moscow's intervention in Ukraine.

The 72-year-old President nevertheless has a high opinion of his ability to woo tough opponents, such as North Korea's Kim Jong-un, whom he met at a summit last month. Last November, in Vietnam, they agreed to maintain open military channels of communications between their forces in Syria. He reiterated the invitation on a call with Putin this spring and initially told aides that he wanted to have the meeting at the White House.

Putin will likely not be shooting for official recognition of Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea or easing of the crippling U.S. sanctions, aware that the U.S. Congress would never allow such action.

"We'll be talking about Syria", he said.

He also added that as the "enemy of the people" the news media is responsible for so much of the "hatred and dissension in our country".

Relations between the press and government officials in both the USA and Russian Federation have been problematic throughout the years.

"For the president to demand something that isn't going to happen puts the president in a weak position", Bolton said.

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The United States has no extradition treaty with Moscow and can not compel Russian Federation to hand over citizens.

On Friday, a federal grand jury indicted the 12 Russian intelligence officers on charges they hacked into Democratic campaign networks in 2016 and then stole and released tens of thousands of documents.

CBS's Jeff Glor asked Trump whether he would ask Putin to extradite those Russians to the United States.

"The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration", he tweeted.

"Well, I might", he said. "But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question", he added.

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.

"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".

Huntsman was interviewed on NBC's "Meet the Press", Paul appeared on CNN's "State of the Union", and Bolton and Murphy spoke on ABC's "This Week".

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