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Trump names European Union a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

18 July 2018
Trump names European Union a global foe, raps media before Putin summit

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, is joining other Democrats in demanding that President Trump address Russian interference in the 2016 election when he meets with Vladimir Putin Monday.

"It's very important to understand that we're living in one world, on one globe where we are highly interdependent, so it's very hard for me to understand the kind of philosophy America first and only the America first and nothing else", Torstila said. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said.

EU President Donald Tusk has slammed US President Donald Trump, saying he was "spreading fake news" by calling Europe a US foe.

"I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume none of them are lawyers because the United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation, so it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen", he said. China is a foe economically.

Trump then claimed, however, that being a foe to the U.S.is not necessarily a bad thing, adding that it just makes them competitive. "It doesn't mean anything". He has previously been critical of Germany's involvement in the project, which he says will make them a "captive" of Russian Federation. Instead, Paul said Trump and other USA officials should focus on safeguarding upcoming elections from interference.

Putin and Trump first met during the G20 summit in Germany's Hamburg in July last year and again met for the second time in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam in November last year. She added that Trump also said: "Don't walk away".

Trump and Putin are set to meet in Helsinki, their first stand-alone meeting since Trump took office in January 2017. The March 20 call came after Putin was re-elected, and was the same call in which Trump was given briefing materials instructing him not to congratulate Putin.

Huntsman said on "Fox News Sunday" that Trump "is genuinely looking forward to sitting across the table and trying to reduce the tension in a relationship where our collective blood pressure is off-the-charts high". He told Glor he has "low expectations" for the summit.

They also expect Trump to bring up Russia's incursion into Ukraine and the allegations of Russian meddling in the election. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Mr Trump told CBS's "Face the Nation".

The president sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki.

Paul said both countries spy on each other but adds that Russian interference in the 2016 election isn't "morally equivalent" to US interference in Russian elections, but "I think in their mind it is".

"Not welcome", read one sign, held by Hemmo Siponen, showing a cartoon of Trump and Putin embracing.