Trump blames Obama administration for US response to Russian hacking

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US President Donald Trump drives a golf buggy on his golf course at the Trump Turnberry resort in South Ayrshire, as part of their visit to the United Kingdom before leaving for Finland where he will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday.

Mr Trump said he would raise this issue with Mr Putin at the summit in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, and "maybe some good" would come of it.

Even Republican lawmakers are anxious about the Putin meeting, a rare public acknowledgement of their heartburn over Trump's unconventional approach.

Russia-US ties have plummeted to post-Cold War lows over the Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, the war in Syria and the allegations that Russia meddled in the US presidential race to help Mr Trump win.

Finland has a long legacy of hosting US-Soviet and US-Russian summits because of its geographic location and perceived neutrality.

A majority of the 2052 participants in the YouGov survey on behalf of dpa published on Sunday also said Mr Putin was more likeable, more competent and more powerful than Mr Trump.

President Donald Trump called the European Union a "foe" in an interview broadcast Sunday, a characterization he made due to their economie policies.

"These individuals must be brought to the United States so that they can stand trial, and you should demand that Mr. Putin hand them over", the senators wrote. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump said from his golf course in Scotland.

President Donald Trump is describing the European Union as a "foe" in an interview taped in Scotland.

"Right now I say we're competitors but for the United States, and frankly the UK and other places, to get along with Russian Federation and China and all of these other places. that's a good thing, that's not a bad thing".

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He cited his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in June as a "good thing", along with meetings he's had with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Trump has also said he has low expectations for the meeting, which could be overshadowed by accusations that Russians meddled in the USA 2016 election.

"It shows that the justice system, the Department of Justice, are aware of these Russian efforts at election meddling", he said.

"I think the DNC (Democratic National Committee) should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he said.

Trump is set to meet with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

Speaking on the BBC, she said: "He told me I should sue the European Union - not go into negotiations".

But for Putin, merely getting Trump to sit across the table counts as "an informal recognition of Russian Federation as a great power", political analyst Alexei Malashenko said.

Huntsman tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he expects that the two presidents will talk about "everything from meddling in the election to areas where we have some shared interests". Jon Huntsman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation, said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US Embassy in Moscow will "no doubt" work on submitting a formal request. "But that doesn't mean they are bad", he continued.

The outlines of what would be a hugely controversial deal have emerged in press reports that suggest Putin is keen to exploit Trump's desire to pull U.S. troops out of Syria by offering to rein in Iranian influence there.

Bolton on Sunday said he found it "hard to believe" that Putin did not know about the Russian disruption efforts, given the alleged role of Russian intelligence officers.

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