GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – President Donald Trump is setting expectations low for his high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, assuring that "nothing bad … and maybe some good will come out" of Monday's meeting in Finland. His national security adviser said they aren't looking for "concrete deliverables." Trump also tells CBS News in an interview conducted Saturday that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington on charges related to the hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. But after being given the idea by his interviewer, Trump said "certainly I'll be asking about it." He blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked" by Russians trying to help elect him.
TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND – Two days before a high-stakes summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump played golf and tweeted Saturday from one of his namesake resorts, blaming his predecessor for Russian election meddling and lashing out at the free press from foreign soil. Aides had said Trump would spend the weekend preparing to meet Putin on Monday in Helsinki, but the tweets showed other topics were on his mind. "I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf -- my primary form of exercise!" he tweeted early Saturday, referencing his seaside golf resort. "The weather is beautiful, and this place is incredible! Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin."
Trump is headed to Brussels, Britain and Scotland, then to Finland, where he's expected to sit down with Russia President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump has long been at odds with U.S. allies over NATO spending, pressing member countries to fulfill their goal of spending 2 percent of their gross domestic products on defense by 2024.
President Trump is expected to raise the issue of election meddling with Putin at the summit in Helsinki tomorrow; the panel discusses on The Next Revolution. President Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin arrived at Helsinki's presidential palace Monday for their historic sit-down, with the eyes of the world watching and no shortage of thorny issues to address. Trump arrived a day early, while the jet of Putin, who wrapped up his nation's hosting of the World Cup Sunday, touched down around 1 p.m. local time and the Russian president's motorcade whisked him straight to the neo-classical palace a dozen miles from the airport. Election meddling by Moscow, the annexation of Crimea and Russia's involvement in Syria are all expected to come up in the first one-on-one talks between the nations' leaders since 2010, though President Trump on Sunday sought to lower expectations for any major breakthrough. "… no matter how well I do at the Summit, if I was given the great city of Moscow as retribution for all of the sins and evils committed by Russia over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough – that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!"