"Low expectations" ahead of Helsinki meeting with Putin


Trump also said the meeting with Putin may be the easiest on his Europe trip.

"We could start there", says Dingell.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out", he said.

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

As for Putin, Trump says he has "low expectations" for Monday's summit.

Later, Trump took to Twitter to predict that any progress made in his talks with Putin would be downplayed by his opponents.

Speaking to ABC's This Week, national security adviser John Bolton said: "The United States does not have an extradition process with Russian Federation so it's pretty hard to imagine how that would happen". One poster, with a headline from 2004, reads in Russian: "Russian reporter who criticized Putin gains asylum in Britain".

Donald Trump's latest head-scratching statement comes from his interview with CBS News where he first described the European Union when asked to name the "biggest foe globally right now" for the United States.

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Senator John McCain of Arizona, a prominent Republican critic of the president, also urged Trump to cancel his summit with the Russian leader if he was "not prepared to hold Putin accountable". "And a year ago, since I was elected, we picked up 34 billion dollars extra", he was quoted as saying.

He has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Mr Putin, who has served as Russia's pre-eminent leader since Mr Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.

Trump suggested Germany was "waving a white flag" to Russian Federation.

The president also made his first official visit to the United Kingdom, making controversial comments about Prime Minister Thersea May's strategy in Brexit negotiations, saying she should sue the European Union.

People attend "Helsinki Calling" protest ahead of meeting between Trump and Putin in Helsinki.

"It isn't a summit", US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman told NBC'S "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., rejected Bolton's assertion that the indictments put Trump in a stronger position going in to the meeting. It is noteworthy, however, that last week he downplayed the idea of Russian President Vladimir Putin as an enemy, presenting him as a competitor instead. Mr Putin has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election.

In the CBS News interview, Trump declined to discuss his goals for the summit - "I'll let you know after the meeting", he said - but said he believes such sessions are beneficial.