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Donald Trump: European Union is a foe on trade

Donald Trump: European Union is a foe on trade


US President Donald Trump has portrayed the European Union as an enemy on exchange. 

He disclosed to CBS News that European nations were exploiting the US and not paying their Nato bills.

EU Council President Donald Tusk said anybody calling the EU enemies was spreading "counterfeit news".

Mr Trump said he had "low desires" for his gathering on Monday with Russia's Vladimir Putin, which comes after 12 Russians were arraigned for affirmed hacking amid 2016 US races.

Mr Trump said he would raise this issue with Mr Putin at the summit in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and "perhaps some great" would happen to it.

Russia denies the claims.

There have been brings in the US for Mr Trump to drop his gathering with Mr Putin over the arraignments, declared on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sunday additionally observed a challenge walk against the summit in Helsinki. Demonstrators droned "media must be free", and conveyed a pennant calling for human rights.

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Russia has said it is anticipating the discussions as a vehicle for enhancing relations.

What did Trump say in regards to Europe?

Requested to name his greatest rival and adversary comprehensively, the US president said there were "a considerable measure of adversaries" and named Russia and China among them, however the first on his rundown was the EU.

"I think the European Union is an adversary, what they do to us in exchange. Presently you wouldn't think about the European Union yet they're an adversary," he said.

Tested by the questioner on this, Mr Trump said the EU was "extremely troublesome".

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"In an exchange sense, they've extremely exploited us and huge numbers of those nations are in Nato and they weren't paying their bills and, you know, for instance a major issue with Germany," he said.

He at that point came back to the subject of Germany's dependence on Nord Stream 2, a pipeline which will expand the stream of gas to EU states and which he disputably condemned in front of a week ago's Nato summit.

He stated: "There's a considerable measure of outrage at the way that Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars."

He additionally blamed Germany for "waving a white banner".

The remarks drew a fast reaction from Mr Tusk on Twitter.


Shouldn't something be said about the Putin summit and charged hacking? 

He said he "had faith in gatherings" however was uncertain what the result of the Helsinki meeting would be.

"I can't disclose to you what will happen, yet I can reveal to you what I'll request. Also, we'll check whether something happens to it," he included.


In a meeting for ABC's This Week program, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said he thought that it was "difficult to trust" that Mr Putin did not think about the affirmed hacking. 

"That is the thing that one of the motivations behind this gathering is, so the president can see eye to eye with President Putin and get some information about it," he said.

"He'll tune in to President Putin's reaction, and we'll go from that point."

Mr Trump additionally rehashed his before feedback of the Obama organization, which was in control when the claimed hacking of Democratic gathering authorities occurred.

"This was amid the Obama organization. They were doing whatever it was amid the Obama organization," he said.

"The DNC ought to be embarrassed about themselves for enabling themselves to be hacked. They had awful safeguards and they could be hacked," he included.

He said he had been told "by various individuals" that programmers had likewise focused on the Republican party yet "we had much better barriers", despite the fact that he included that "this might not be right".

What has Mr Trump been doing?

The US president has taken in a Nato summit and a visit to the UK in front of his gathering with Mr Putin.

The visit has been dubious on account of a daily paper meet in which he said the US would presumably not give the UK an exchange bargain under the terms of Prime Minister May's Brexit designs, and furthermore said Europe was "losing its character" on account of movement from Africa and the Middle East.


He has since made light of his Brexit remarks - yet addressing the BBC on Sunday Mrs May said Mr Trump had exhorted her to "sue the EU". 

He is relied upon to leave the UK later in the wake of remaining at his Turnberry resort on Scotland's Ayrshire drift amid the private leg of his visit.

What are the US hacking claims?

The 11-tally arraignment names the Russians litigants, asserting they started digital assaults in March 2016 on the email records of staff for Hillary Clinton's presidential crusade.

They are blamed for utilizing keystroke perusing programming to keep an eye on the seat of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and hack into the gathering's PCs.


Top Democrats including party administrator Tom Perez have encouraged Mr Trump to desert the discussions, saying Mr Putin was "not a companion of the United States". 

On the Republican side, Senator John McCain said the summit "ought not push ahead" except if the president "is set up to consider Putin responsible".

What's the master plan?

Extraordinary Counsel Robert Mueller is researching US knowledge discoveries that Russians planned to influence the 2016 race in Mr Trump's support.

As of Friday, the request has prosecuted 32 individuals - generally Russian nationals in absentia - and additionally three organizations and four previous Trump consultants

None of the charges assert Trump counsels connived with Russia to meddle with the presidential crusade.

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Previous National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, a previous remote strategy consultant, have conceded to putting forth false expressions about their contacts with Russians.

Previous Trump battle executive Paul Manafort and his appointee Rick Gates were accused of illegal tax avoidance identifying with their political consultancy work in Ukraine.