The Kremlin said Macron would brief Putin on the recent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, where Trump stunned allies with his divisive rhetoric and his claim the meeting with Putin would be easier. "I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", Trump said on CBS's Face the Nation.
John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview with ABC's This Week that the United States would not be looking for "deliverables" and that the meeting would be "unstructured", beginning with a one-on-one session between the two leaders.
US President Donald Trump on Sunday named Russia, the European Union and China as "foes", in an interview aired on the eve of his summit with Russian Premier Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. "But I love getting along with Russian Federation and China and other countries".
The summit, taking place at one of the most crucial junctures for the West since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, has perturbed some European allies who fear Mr Putin might seek a grand deal that undermines the US-led transatlantic alliance.
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Bolton also said he finds it "hard to believe" that Putin was not aware of an effort by Russian military intelligence officials to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
During the CBS News interview, Trump never criticized the Kremlin or Putin for the meddling in America's election.
Given all the "obstacles" both Putin and Trump face, it's hard to expect a "breakthrough" during the upcoming summit and Russian Federation would likely stick to more modest goals. "China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", said Mr Trump.
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Russian hacking of the 2016 USA presidential election would also be a top item on the agenda, the ambassador said.
"Not welcome", read one sign, held by Hemmo Siponen, showing a cartoon of Trump and Putin embracing.
"Of course not. Really, honestly, Jonathan, I think the question's silly", he said.
Trump sat for the interview Saturday in Scotland and CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Trump flew to Helsinki.
The indictments have strengthened Trump's hand heading into the summit, Bolton said. It accuses them of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware and using spearphishing emails to gain control of the accounts of people associated with the Clinton campaign.
The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Russian Federation. "An interference by the US Congress is probable; it has repeatedly shown its desire to limit the powers of the US president in matters relating to Russian Federation", he said.
Rosenstein said that while the defendants corresponded with several Americans through the internet, there was "no allegation in the indictment that the Americans knew they were communicating with Russian intelligence officers".
Vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner said if the meeting was to forward, Americans need to be in the room with the pair.
"Unfortunately, no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation".