President Donald Trump Monday appeared to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denial of interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election, prompting a sharply critical response from US lawmakers.
In an interview on the ABC program This Week, Bolton said that one of the aims of President Donald Trump's meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday will be to press the issue of election interference.
The context for these demands was the indictment Friday of 12 Russian military intelligence officials for the hacking of several Democratic email systems during the 2016 presidential election, and the leaking of the stolen emails.
"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.
The European Union is a "foe" of the United States because of "what they do to us in trade", President Donald Trump said Sunday.
After interviewer Piers Morgan described North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "ruthless dictator", Trump agreed and said he deals with many leaders who are "pretty ruthless people".
"From an opening words standpoint, the president should speak first and know exactly what he is going to say", Weinberg wrote for Fox News. I think having meetings with the president of China was a very good thing, I believe it's really good. "They want to do well and we want to do well". President Trump also expressed concern with Germany's recent pipeline with Russian Federation, calling them "captives".
Putin and Trump are expected to meet in Finland on July 16 to discuss bilateral ties and various issues on the worldwide agenda, which will be their first full-fledged meeting since Trump's taking office.
The summit will be the third time that both the leaders would meet face-to-face.
He's scheduled to meet with Putin next week, but the summit is being overshadowed by the explosive new charges of Russian meddling. Putin has met with three previous USA presidents before Mr. Trump, but there has never been such a private session of this magnitude between Putin and a US leader. "We have asked, and the Russians have agreed, that it will be basically unstructured".
Russia had earlier denied meddling in the United States election campaign, while Trump called special counsel Mueller's probe on the Russian interference a "political witch hunt".