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

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

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

"I think the European Union is a foe", Trump said. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe".

John Bolton, Trump's national security adviser, said in an interview with ABC's This Week that the USA would not be looking for "deliverables" and that the meeting would be "unstructured", beginning with a one-on-one session between the two leaders.

Russian Federation "is a foe in certain respects", he told CBS in an interview recorded on Saturday. China's a foe economically, certainly they are a foe. But that doesn't mean they're bad. It doesn't mean anything.

US officials have said they hope to make progress during the talks persuading Russian Federation to use its influence to get Iranian forces out of Syria, as part of a wider campaign to rein in Iran's influence in the Middle East.

Mr Trump said he respects Europe's leaders but says they have taken advantage of the USA on trade and defence spending.

Trump's comments double down on his criticism of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member countries at last week's summit.

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In recent months, he has also been highly critical of the European Union in trade terms, arguing that its policies make it hard for USA exporters. And, you know, I love those countries. "I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said.

Trump repeated his previous assertion that the European Union has "really taken advantage of us on trade".

His recent comments is continuing pattern in which Trump has taken a more confrontational position on European allies. A few days after that diplomatic disaster, May subsequently revealed that Trump had advised her to sue the European Union instead of negotiating with them over Brexit, indicating that Trump continues to exclusively view foreign policy through the narrow lens of real estate industry bullying.

"I go in with low expectations", Trump told CBS.

Shortly after the publication of the CBS interview, European Council President Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter that "America and the EU are best friends". There's a lot of anger. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia", Trump said, adding that it's "very inappropriate" that the U.S.is allegedly also "protecting" Germany from Russia.

The European Union, which previous year had a $151 billion trade surplus with the United States, is engaged in a contentious dispute over import tariffs with the United States, imposing higher levies on such iconic US products as bourbon, jeans and motorcycles after Trump boosted USA tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Europe.

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