Paul: Putin will never admit to election hack

On eve of Russia summit, Trump calls EU foe

Trump landed in the capital city, Helsinki, late Sunday. Long believing in the power of personal connections, he has insisted to aides that it was essential to sit down with Putin to establish a rapport. I met him twice, maybe three times. I've been nice to him. "You're supposed to be fighting for someone and then that someone gives billions of dollars to the one you're, you know, guarding against".

Despite the doubts of his top national security advisers, Trump is keen to withdraw U.S. troops from eastern Syria, where they have been battling the Islamic State. At one point, he startled the Secret Service by giving Kim an impromptu tour of some mighty American machinery - the presidential limousine known as "The Beast". I do believe in meetings. I've been told that by a number of people, we had much better defenses so they couldn't.

There will be outrage at home if Trump does not confront Putin over the scandal, but the mercurial USA leader would not say whether he would demand the suspects' extradition. Not a question of friend or enemy.

Donald Trump named the European Union a "foe" of the United States during an interview at his golf club in Scotland that aired on Sunday. "I did it. You got me'".

Indeed, after a week in which Trump threatened to up-end a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, anxious European leaders may be relieved if not much comes of the Helsinki meeting. He and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at a golf resort Trump owns in Turnberry.

There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel his meeting with Mr Putin over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It is in that meeting that the leaders might delve into more substantive issues.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News that the summit is "still on".

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The two presidents have shared personal bonhomie in the past, but beyond the alleged hacking of the US election, their countries are deeply divided on a host of other issues including Syria and Ukraine.

But far from his prediction that the Putin meeting would be the "easiest" part of his swing through Europe, the summit comes freighted with new tensions, after 12 Russian military intelligence agents were indicted for hacking Democrats during the 2016 election.

"If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward", said Republican Sen.

But for Trump, whose White House victory was actively supported by 12 Russian military intelligence agents, according to a recent US indictment, and whose entourage is still being investigated for possible collusion with Moscow, the meeting is freighted with domestic political risk.

Senator Rand Paul suggested that Mr Trump not even bother to press Mr Putin on election meddling because "he's not going to admit that he did it".

"For the president to demand something that isn't going to happen puts the president in a weak position, and I think the president has made it very clear he intends to approach this discussion from a position of strength".

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