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Trump Says Putin ‘Probably’ A ‘Ruthless Person’

16 Juillet 2018

The "CBS Evening News" published the interview with Trump from his golf club in Turnberry, Scotland, on Sunday morning.

Before leaving the U.S. for Europe last week for the United Kingdom visit and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Mr Trump said: "So I have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I have the United Kingdom - that's a situation with turmoil".

Although Trump did not react publicly to the video, he "lashed out at the Russian President in a phone call", the report says, citing sources with direct knowledge of the call. "Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news".

The US president left after another round of golf at his Turnberry resort on Sunday after a four-day visit.

For Trump, the formal meeting with Putin is an opportunity to develop a closer working relationship with the Russian president. "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". "I'm not going with high expectations". And, as he has continued to assail traditional American allies for (supposedly) treating the US unfairly, he has consistently given Putin the benefit of the doubt, insisting that he believes his unconvincing denials of election meddling.

Adding to the pressure on Trump is a new Justice Department indictment issued Friday accusing 12 Russian military intelligence officials of extensive hacking in 2016 that was specifically aimed at discrediting Clinton.

The sit-down has reportedly caused great concern in the State Department and among U.S. officials, with many worrying that the president will be too soft on Putin. "And I heard that they were trying, or people were trying, to hack into the RNC too, the Republican National Committee, but we had much better defenses".

This comment comes on the heels of Trump's advising British Prime Minister Theresa May to sue the EU to resolve tense negotiations over the United Kingdom's looming exit from the political and economic union that now includes 28 member states.

The 12 defendants allegedly took part in Russia's "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.

"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", he said during an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press". I believe it's really good.

"These actions are persistent, they are pervasive, and they are meant to undermine America's democracy on a daily basis regardless of whether it is election time or not", he said.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the conclusion that Russian Federation was behind the hacking and frequently derided special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible links between Russian Federation and his campaign as a "witch hunt".

Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

Trump and Putin are to hold talks Monday in Finland, a sit-down mostly sought after by Trump. Russia's constitution prohibits extraditing its citizens to foreign countries. Trump replied, "I think we have a lot of foes".

In the CBS interview, Trump appeared to lay blame for the hacking on the Obama administration and the Democratic Party, not Russian Federation. It is in that meeting that the leaders might delve into more substantive issues.

Trump was later persuaded to do it overseas, tacking the summit onto his planned visit to Belgium and Britain. Beyond that, Huntsman said it was "highly unlikely" that Trump will recognize Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea at the summit, but would not rule it out completely.

Members of the European Union have historically been some of the United States's oldest allies.

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Trump Says Putin ‘Probably’ A ‘Ruthless Person’