'Low Expectations' for Putin Summit

Trump Putin may agree to resume stalled arms control talks

In the lead-up to his controversial summit with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump has offered a head-scratching defense of the Russian leader.

The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation. Asked to name America's "biggest foe globally right now" during an appearance on CBS's Face the Nation, the first answer that came to Trump's mind was the European Union.

"No, I look at them all", he said. "But I will absolutely firmly ask the question". At another notable point in the 30-minute conversation, Trump reportedly falsely claimed his administration's widely criticized policy of separating undocumented immigrants from the border was actually an Obama-era policy.

He revealed that he had not thought about asking for the extradition of 12 Russians indicted for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

"That's what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see eye-to-eye with President Putin and ask him about it", Bolton said.




In the first case, one of the things that is easy to lose sight of in the 29 page indictment, precisely because it is so front and center, is just how much visibility the U.S. seems to have into Russian intelligence operations. For Putin, she added, "not only is this a P.R. coup no matter what happens, Trump could say nothing and it would help to legitimize his regime".

In the interview Trump told CBS that he had not thought about asking Putin to hand over the 12 Russians indicted for alleged interference in the U.S. elections of 2016.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., meanwhile, suggested that Trump not even bother to press Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it". "I mean, plenty of the people that I deal with are pretty ruthless people". He also criticized America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners for not upping their military spending faster than they had already agreed to, only to later up the ante and tell them they would need to spend more of their GDP on defense - four percent - than even the US does. I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked.

"This means being clear and unwavering about where Russian Federation needs to change its behaviour, and for as long as Russian Federation persists in its efforts to undermine our interests and values, we must continue to deter and counter them". The president noted the Russians' attempt to hack the Republican National Committee, which he said had better security. "But - and this may be wrong - but they had much stronger defenses".

Trump said he ran a clean campaign and beat Hillary Clinton soundly in 2016.

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