Spectacle or substance? World awaits details from Trump-Putin summit

Spectacle or substance? World awaits details from Trump-Putin summit

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!"

President Donald Trump is on his way to Finland for a high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Trump, bent on forging a personal bond with the Kremlin chief despite the election allegations, went into the summit blaming the "stupidity" of his predecessors for plunging ties to their present low.

On Friday, 12 Russians were indicted on charges of interfering in the US 2016 election, a development that prompted some Democratic leaders to call on Trump to cancel the Putin meeting, a demand he quickly dismissed.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who chairs the House Oversight Committee, said Trump should demand that the dozen Russian officials as well as the 13 Russian nationals already indicted by Mueller be brought to the U.S. "I stand with our men and women in the USA intelligence community, and am highly disturbed by President Trump's statements supporting Putin's baseless, false claims of innocence".

Trump, who will meet Monday with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, has not been so tough on the Russian president.

Putin said the talks were "open and business-like" and said, "I think we can call it a success".

As criticism mounted, Trump tweeted from Air Force One on his way home from Finland that he had "GREAT confidence in MY intelligence people".

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Obama condemned the move, and the USA and European Union sanctioned Russian Federation afterward. The president's equivocation drew bipartisan condemnation, capping a week in which Trump alienated allies and cozied up to adversaries.

The Republican firebrand said: "I think it's a good thing to meet". Asked last week whether he intends to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation when he meets with Putin, Trump blamed the situation on his predecessor. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he said.

"Huntsman added: "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together". "So, because we waste time saying, "Well, Putin needs to admit this and apologize" - he's not going to admit that he did it, and we can't take on face value anything they tell us".

The Russian Foreign Ministry tweeted back: "We agree". He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as "a good thing" and says "having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it". You know the Russians take the position - you can like it or not like it - that their Constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens'. Ryan said Russian Federation "remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals".

In a weekend interview with CBS News, Trump admitted that Russian Federation remains a foe, but he put Moscow on a par with China and the European Union as economic and diplomatic rivals. Even now, only countries like Venezuela and Syria recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation.

The leaders also met last autumn during a separate summit in Vietnam.

Panelists on Russia's popular Sunday night talk show "Vecher (Evening)" said Putin was going into the summit as the clearly stronger figure, notably coming off his successful hosting of the monthlong World Cup.

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