Before leaving the USA last week Mr Trump said: 'So I have North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, I have the United Kingdom - that's a situation with turmoil.
The comment on a bloc that has been one of America's staunchest allies drew sharp condemnation from the European Council President Donald Tusk.
Democrats, however, said he should cancel the Helsinki summit, arguing the indictments revealed the lengths to which Putin had gone to meddle in the election that brought Trump to power. Bolton in an interview to ABC News said that it was unlikely that the U.S. would be able to arrest or extradite the 12 Russians who were indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday. Initially concerned that Helsinki was not a fitting location, Trump relented after being briefed on the history of U.S. -Russia summits in Finland and after seeing that it could be scheduled after a visit to one of his golf courses in Scotland, according to the three of the outside advisers and officials.
A look at Trump's past meetings with Putin. "I'm not going with high expectations".
Monday's summit in Helsinki will offer Putin, a former KGB spymaster, and Trump the chance to get the measure of each other on an array of fronts including Syria, Ukraine and nuclear disarmament. And, as he has continued to assail traditional American allies for (supposedly) treating the USA unfairly, he has consistently given Putin the benefit of the doubt, insisting that he believes his unconvincing denials of election meddling. "So this is an attempt to see if we can defuse and take some of the drama and quite frankly some of the danger out of the relationship right now".
The Justice Department on Friday announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officers who are accused of stealing Democratic emails and attempting to interfere in the 2016 us presidential election.
From aboard Air Force One, Trump complained in tweets that he wasn't getting enough credit for his meeting with Kim and railed that "Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people" as he headed to sit down with Putin.
"Trump expressed antipathy toward confronting Putin about the 2016 attack on the United States" election.
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Later they will hold talks with the foreign secretary at Chequers - the PM's country residence in Buckinghamshire. The organization said speakers will include pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage - an associate of Trump's.
In the CBS interview, Trump also asserted that the GOP was similarly not hacked during the 2016 campaign because the Republican National Committee had better cybersecurity.
While we don't know what Trump or Sanders may promote next, we do know that Trump will not change.
"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". But that doesn't mean they are bad.
Thirteen Russian nationals and three companies were previously indicted for interfering in the election, but this is the first time government officials there were charged in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing probe.
But Trump was also keeping tabs on domestic issues, including the investigations into Russian election meddling. Russia's constitution also prohibits turning over citizens to foreign governments.
Trump heads into the summit with little clear agenda other than to strengthen his personal rapport with Putin, which he thinks is crucial to improving relations between Washington and Moscow.
Asked if he considered Putin to be ruthless, Trump said: "I can't tell you that..." Their first meeting came last July while both attended an worldwide summit and lasted more than two hours, well over the scheduled 30 minutes.
He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.