How will the Trump-Putin summit affect USA policy overseas?

How will the Trump-Putin summit affect USA policy overseas?

Cheryl Sanders
July 21, 2018

Trump tweeted Thursday that he looked forward a "second meeting" with Putin and defended his performance at Monday's summit, in which the two leaders conferred on a range of issues including terrorism, Israeli security, nuclear proliferation and North Korea.

Trump said he and Putin, who USA intelligence agencies say directed interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, had a friendly rapport.

The US and Russia have been on opposing sides of the conflict in Ukraine, unleashed after a popular uprising against a pro-Russian president and Moscow's 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Trump himself tweeted: "The Summit with Russian Federation was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media".

"Trump wants to invite Putin - the individual responsible for spearheading the attack on our democracy - to the White House on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections", Nancy Pelosi, House minority leader, tweeted. Just to refresh your memory: On Tuesday, the President of the United States hung out for about two hours with the President of Russian Federation, and made "verbal agreements" on a number of issues of which neither Coats or the Pentagon seems to have been given any guidance on. Russian Federation has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and allegations of collusion with the Trump campaign.

During a joint news conference after their summit this week in Finland, Putin used soccer metaphors and was handed a soccer ball that he tossed to Trump.

Russian Federation would prefer the talks to be more formal than the exchanges in Helsinki, which would give Putin the chance to ensure that bureaucracies on both sides start to nail down some details.

Putin may have covertly interfered in the 2016 elections to help Trump, but Moscow may calculate overt interference, through a highly charged visit in this autumn, is hardly likely to help Republican keep control of the Senate. "OK. That's going to be special", he added with a grimace. Axios reports that Putin proposed that Russia be allowed to question several U.S. citizens, including former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and a U.S. investor, in exchange for Russian interviews for Robert Mueller's probe, but the deal was shot down after backlash from the State Department.

"Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russian Federation is a positive, not a negative", Trump said. No Russian leader has visited the White House in almost a decade.

However grudging Trump's moves against Moscow might have been, though, his defenders say the actions speak for themselves.

Since US President Donald Trump assumed office in January 2017, however, he has adopted a stance that has caused divisions in Washington's relations with its European allies.

The US intelligence community, which concluded Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US presidential election under Putin's guidance, has warned the Kremlin is also planning attacks on future US elections - including the midterms.

But this did not prevent him from acknowledging that there are many problems the Helsinki summit could not resolve. "It's a risk", Coats said of the poisonings, which Russian Federation has denied.

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