Trump and Putin will sit down together in Helsinki for meetings that US and Russian officials say will touch on every major point of tension between their countries - the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's saber-rattling toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and the American economic sanctions meant to punish Russia for its behavior.
TURNBERRY, Scotland - President Donald Trump, at his luxury seaside golf course here, turned his eye to domestic politics Saturday morning - attacking former President Barack Obama, questioning the Federal Bureau of Investigation, torching CNN and bragging about his 2016 win. "The weather is lovely, and this place is incredible!"
French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss Syria, Iran and Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in Moscow on Sunday, the day of the soccer World Cup final between France and Croatia, a source at the French president's office said.
On Friday, the US Justice Department issued grand jury indictments for 12 Russians on charges of hacking the emails of senior Democrats.
The US president recalled that 60 intelligence officers were expelled from the Russian embassy in Washington in response to a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain.
"Political and economic model of the U.S., as well as global political and economic model is built in such a way that Washington can't simply say: 'Guys, we will live in our own way, and you can develop as you like.' If the USA simply withdraw from this global economic model, the global market, then they will turn into a slowly dying autocracy, and all other countries will live happily and peacefully because of it. You can only ask so many times", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One after the meeting.
Asked if he could accept Russia's annexation with Crimea and still get along with Putin, he said, 'When it comes to Crimea, there's nothing much I have to say about it other than we will look at that just like I'm looking at many disasters that I've taken over'.
After tens of thousands of people marched peacefully against Trump in central London on Friday, a few thousand protested in the Scottish capital, Edinburgh, were a blimp depicting Trump as an orange, snarling baby was raised. "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"
Putin also has promoted Russia's development of a nuclear-armed hypersonic vehicle that he said is more advanced than anything in the US arsenal.
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According to a tweet from Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Epstein, the Trump-Putin summit is now still a go. President Donald Trump as a negotiation partner at their upcoming talks in Helsinki , the Kremlin said Friday.
Trump told reporters he plans to raise election meddling with Putin but said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame.
Trump's tweets also targeted CNN, mocking the American cable channel's president, Jeff Zucker, as "Little Jeff Z" and knocking its election coverage following the president's spat with a CNN correspondent at a news conference Friday in England.
Trump added that he would talk about nuclear proliferation with Putin. Republicans were mostly silent on the matter.
"So amusing! I just checked out Fake News CNN, for the first time in a long time (they are dying in the ratings), to see if they covered my takedown yesterday of Jim Acosta (actually a nice guy). Deep State?" he asked on Twitter, using a term that conservatives use for a cabal of nonelected bureaucrats and officials working to undermine the elected representatives. "They didn't!" Acosta had objected to Trump dismissing the news outlet as "fake news".
"Takedown? I don't think so".
"President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression".
"You could have verification visits by the two sides to address that", he said, suggesting physical inspections of perhaps the Russian missile's fuel tank.
The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News on Friday afternoon that the summit is "still on".