Russians not likely to face court in US over hacking

Minnie Murray
July 16, 2018

Mr Trump also says he "hadn't thought" about asking Mr 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 United States presidential election, but says "certainly I'll be asking about it". He and his wife, Melania, spent the weekend at a golf resort Trump owns in Turnberry.

"Germany made a pipeline deal with Russian Federation where they're going to be paying Russian Federation billions and billions of dollars a year for energy, and I say that's not good, that's not fair", Trump said.

Asked whether he would press Mr. Putin to send to the USA members of the Russian military intelligence agency accused of hacking email servers of Hillary Clinton's campaign, he said: "Well, I might". "I don't know what's going to happen, but I can tell you what I'll be asking for and we'll see if something comes of it". "But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us, and many of those countries are in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and they weren't paying their bills", Trump said.

EU President Donald Tusk tweeted in response, "America and the EU are best friends".

Although Trump did not react publicly to the video, he "lashed out at the Russian President in a phone call", the report says, citing sources with direct knowledge of the call.

"The reason why we have hard relations with Russian Federation is not because of the Mueller probe, but because Russian Federation intervened in our election", Mr. Warner said.

On Monday host President Sauli Niinistö is scheduled to meet Trump in the morning before Trump and Putin sit down to a bilateral meeting first without aides and then with their teams of support staff. As for Russian Federation, it's a "foe in certain respects".


He has since downplayed his Brexit comments - but speaking to the BBC on Sunday Mrs May said Mr Trump had advised her to "sue the EU". "They had bad defenses, and they were able to be hacked, but I heard they were trying to hack the Republicans too, but, and this may be wrong, but they had much stronger defenses". It doesn't mean anything. "I did it. You got me, '" Trump said Friday, referring to Putin.

Trump has said he wants to raise nuclear arms control, Ukraine and Syria with Putin, who has served as Russia's preeminent leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999.

A USA federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed United States accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Trump.

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.

A look at Trump's past meetings with Putin. The Monday meeting could be a tricky one for Trump after the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

"Well I think we have a lot of foes".

"I think the DNC should have been ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked", he told Glor.

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