US President lists Russia, EU, China as 'foes' ahead of Putin summit

After their joint news conference in Helsinki, Russia media also took some swipes at US journalists for focusing on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election that brought Trump to power.

Chants of "We Love Trump, We Love Trump" broke out as the president's motorcade passed and Trump waved. Democrats have expressed concerns about Trump's ability to sit down and challenge Putin during a one-on-one meeting.

Trump quickly added, "If they had it, it would've been out by now".

John McCain and Jeff Flake, Arizona's Republican U.S. senators, ripped into President Donald Trump for his comments while sharing the stage Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling the performance "disgraceful" and "shameful".

Trump again denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, while Putin insisted: "The Russian state has never interfered and is not planning to interfere in the USA's internal affairs".

"Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory", McCain said in the statement.

He said that his meeting with Putin "might be the easiest of them all" amid controversy over his handling of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation agreement on increased defense spending and trade talks with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May.

The summit with Putin is set to happen on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

The reactions were largely in line with what the Russian media said in the hours before the meeting.

Universally sympathetic to Trump, they described him as hobbled by domestic political challenges - a problem Putin doesn't face after 18 years of stifling political opposition - and by special investigator Robert Mueller's probe of alleged Russian election interference.

Putin suggested USA investigators might travel to Russia to participate in questioning Russians accused by Washington of US election meddling as long as Russian investigators were allowed to do the same with US spies operating in Russia, an idea Trump's critics dismissed as ludicrous.

And at this point, US sanctions against Russian Federation over the annexation still remain in place, many of them dating back to the Obama administration in 2014.

"I think it'd be a moot point".

Bolton tells ABC's "This Week" on Sunday that the indictments show that the American justice system is aware of Russian efforts to meddle in US elections.

"Russia, If you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Trump said that day.

In Helsinki, more than 2,000 people denounced attacks on human rights, press freedom and dissent as they marched to Helsinki´s central Senate Square. "What could go wrong?" read one banner.

The crowd repeated a refrain heard at many anti-Trump protests including one that drew tens of thousands to London as the president visited Britain last week: "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist US!" I have President Putin. In a CBS interview over the weekend, Trump drew little distinction between Western democracies that share history and values with the United States and authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Beijing.

President Donald Trump waves while playing a round of golf at Trump Turnberry Luxury Collection Resort during his first official visit to the United Kingdom on Sunday. His mother was born in Scotland, while his father was born in NY.

  • Leroy Wright