Kremlin says Iranian presence in Syria high on summit agenda

Cheryl Sanders
July 18, 2018

"But again", Trump said, "this was during the Obama administration".

Trump then directed his anger not at Russian Federation but at the Democratic National Committee for being hacked.

In further comments that angered some USA lawmakers, Trump suggested the United States and Russian Federation were to blame for troubled relations between the two countries.

Donald Trump has been criticized for his decision to press forward with the private meeting with Putin even after indictments against the Russian military for attacking the United States.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said, adding that "you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

Republican Sen. Rand Paul says asking for the extradition of the Russian intelligence agents indicted Friday for interfering in the 2016 election would be a "moot point". "I hadn't thought of that, but certainly I'll be asking about it".

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said in an interview to CBS News while in Scotland.

"I'm representing our country", Mr. Trump said.

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

He made the comments in an interview with CBS that aired on Face the Nation, during a visit to Europe that has tested relations with some of the U.S.'s most important allies. She added that Trump also said: "Don't walk away".

He cited his historic meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as meetings he has had with China's Xi Jinping.

"President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today", Trump said as he stood next to Putin at a joint news conference between the two leaders following their talks in Helsinki. "I think we need to be done with this, so we can start actually protecting our elections from foreign countries".

The US justice department has announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offences during the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Huntsman said the meeting will go on, arguing that some global issues can't be solved without Russian engagement.

"Right now, there's no trust in the relationship and, because of that, problem-solving is practically impossible", Huntsman said.

It is to be noted that relations between USA and Russia are greatly strained due to the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2015, differences regarding Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war, and the alleged meddling of 2016 United States presidential election. Aram.... what exactly did President Trump have to say?

"We have to assume - and if we have proof that [the Russians] did [interfere], which it sounds like we did - we should now spend our time protecting ourselves instead of sort of having this witch hunt on the president", Paul told CNN's Jake Tapper. Trump also defended his decision to hold the meeting after coming under fire from opposition Democrats in the wake of the indictments.

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