Donald Trump Says America's 'Biggest Foe' Is the European Union

Trump blames Washington for poor Russia ties ahead of Putin summit

"I think we will end up having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so... getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing not a bad thing", he said.

But Trump attempted to keep the atmosphere upbeat, saying: 'Getting along with Russian Federation is a good thing, not a bad thing.

Critics and Trump's own advisers have urged Trump to use the summit to press Putin hard about "malign" activities.

"Our relationship with Russian Federation has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of USA foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!" he tweeted before the summit began.

The Russian ministry of foreign affairs tweeted its response, saying "We agree".

The summit began just hours after Trump blamed the United States - and not Russian election meddling or its annexation of Crimea - for a low-point in U.S. -Russia relations.

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She added: "We need to be properly in or properly out - it's time for people to have their say". They feel like this doesn't give Britain the clean break that they voted for.

Trump said the leaders' discussions would cover trade, the military, missiles, nuclear, China - "our mutual friend, President Xi" - but did not mention election interference.

'The investigation has rolled up nearly 30 Russians in total, the process and the investigation are playing out, and that's part of holding Russia accountable and responsible for election meddling and malign activity, ' he said.

"Since the end of the cold war, the policy has been that Finland is part of the west".

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin shake hands as they meet in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018.

"Presidents Trump and Putin respect each other and they get along well", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "It will be determined by the heads of state themselves as they go along".

The Justice Department on Friday announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officers who are accused of stealing Democratic emails and attempting to interfere in the 2016 USA presidential election.

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A french mayor in Paris , Jeanne d'Hauteserre, said: "The party is ruined because of a handful of thugs". There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good".

Trump has been reluctant to criticise Putin over the years and has described him in recent days not as an enemy but as a competitor. His 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton tweeted: "Great World Cup".

"I've not been here too long [as president], it's getting close to two years, but we'll be having an extraordinary relationship, I hope so".

The Prime Minister's Brexit plans are in the spotlight in numerous Sunday papers. I've been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses, so they couldn't.

You can see more of Jeff Glor's conversation with President Trump on Monday night's CBS Evening News.

For Putin, that the summit is even happening despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and US allies is a geopolitical win.

That attack on the alliance came on the heels of Trump's jarring appearance at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, where he harshly criticised traditional allies over "delinquent" defence spending only to later confirm his commitment to the military alliance that has always been a bulwark against Russian aggression.

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