Bolton: Mueller indictments strengthen Trump's hand in Putin meeting

Bolton: Mueller indictments strengthen Trump's hand in Putin meeting

So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade", he said in an interview to CBS News while in Scotland.

He writes, "If I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"

Maas welcomed the meeting, at which the U.S. president has said he will raise the issue of nuclear weapons reduction. He went on to state that "nothing bad is going to come out of it and maybe some good will come out of it".

His recent comments is continuing pattern in which Trump has taken a more confrontational position on European allies.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes. They want to do well and we want to do well". Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

In a segment for CBS News's Face the Nation, host Jeff Glor asked the president to name his "biggest foe globally right now". But the charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won. Huntsman said the summit must go on because Russian engagement is needed to solve some global issues. "All he's got to do is start with Stalin and come on up and see what's changed".

But in Helsinki, which lies close to the Russian border, there was plenty of heat on Putin too. Putin similarly is a very experienced negotiator.

Twelve Russian intelligence officers hacked into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in the run-up to the 2016 election and released tens of thousands of stolen communications in a brazen effort by a foreign government to meddle in US politics, according to a grand jury indictment announced Friday.

After that suggestion was rebuffed by the White House, the Democrats said Trump should at least ensure his national security team is alongside him with Putin at all times, "not wing it on your own". Former President Barack Obama did so in 2013 after the Edward Snowden fracas. Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Embassy in Moscow will "no doubt" work on submitting a formal request.

Trump, who has been preparing for the summit by playing golf at his Trump Turnberry course on the western coast of Scotland, told CBS in an interview that "nothing bad" would come out of the summit with Putin.

In anticipation of the Trump-Putin meeting set to take place tomorrow, June 15, Finland placed strategic billboards and banners with special messages for President Trump, detailed Newshub.

In the CBS interview, Trump appeared to lay blame for the hacking on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, not Russian Federation.

With that in mind, a senior House of Representatives Republican told CBS's Face the Nation that Trump should ask Putin in Helsinki which airport the Russian hackers will be extradited to for being taken into U.S. custody.

Rosenstein said he briefed Trump earlier this week about the indictment.

"I hadn't thought of that. But I will absolutely firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a very good relationship with Russian Federation".

Strzok was removed from the investigation following the discovery of anti-Trump text messages a year ago that he traded with an FBI lawyer in the run-up to the 2016 election.

"And then he lied about it".

Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in his interview to Larry King that if the two leaders can "re-open all the channels [of dialogue] on both divisive issues.and those issues where we can usefully cooperate", such an outcome would be "ideal".

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