Trump says EU a 'foe' ahead of meeting with Putin
Donald Trump has called the European Union a "foe" of America, as he landed in Helsinki for a summit with Vladimir Putin.
The US president left the UK after another round of golf at his Turnberry resort on Sunday after a four-day visit. He will hold talks with the Russian president in Helsinki on Monday.

Ahead of the highly anticipated talks, he said has "low expectations" but added that he thinks that "maybe some good" will come of them.

In an interview with Piers Morgan, he said he and Mr Putin were "competitors", but that the two leaders could "get along very well".
Donald and Melania Trump have arrived in Helsinki
Image: Donald and Melania Trump upon their arrival in Finland
In another comment that seemed aimed at pre-empting any possible criticism of the summit, Mr Trump tweeted that "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!"

He also complimented Mr Putin "for putting on a truly great World Cup Tournament -- one of the best ever", as well as France for winning the trournament.

In comments made before departing, Mr Trump said the US has "a lot of foes" and named the bloc as one of them.

"I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade," he said in an interview to CBS News while in Scotland.
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He added: "You wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe."

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

"I respect the leaders of those countries. But, in a trade sense, they've really taken advantage of us and many of those countries are in NATO and they weren't paying their bills," he added.

Earlier this week, Mr Trump claimed NATO spending will increase "like never before". However the French president, Emmanuel Macron, denied he claim that NATO allies agreed to boost spending over 2%.
 
Mr Trump has also previously said countries in the EU "treat us very badly, they treat us very unfairly." The president slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, which responded with retaliatory measures.

Mr Trump said: "I can say it better in a different way. They made, last year, $151bn in trade surplus. We had a deficit with the EU.
"On top of that, we spend a fortune on NATO to protect them."

His latest comment on the bloc, which has been one of America's staunchest allies, drew sharp condemnation from the European Council President Donald Tusk.

"America and the EU are best friends. Whoever says we are foes is spreading fake news," Mr Tusk said on Twitter.
Donald Trump has arrived in Helsinki
Image: Air Force One has touched down in Helsinki
Mr Trump also singled out others as America's enemies.

"Russia is a foe in certain respects. China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe," said Mr Trump. "But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything.
"It means that they are competitive."

Ahead of his meeting with Mr Putin, Mr Trump has been urged to raise the death of a woman who was exposed to novichok in Amesbury and criminal charges being brought against a dozen Russians accused of hacking Democratic Party emails during the 2016 US presidential election.

It comes after Mr Trump's first official visit to the UK as president, during which he met with the Queen and held talks with Prime Minister Theresa May as protests raged against him in London, Glasgow, Manchester and elsewhere.
during the U.S. President's first official visit to the United Kingdom on July 14, 2018 in Turnberry, Scotland. The President of the United States and First Lady, Melania Trump on their first official visit to the UK after yesterday's meetings with the Prime Minister and the Queen is in Scotland for private weekend stay at his Turnberry. 
The Trumps departed Glasgow Prestwick Airport hours after police charged a man over a stunt in which a paragliding protester flew above the president as he entered Turberry Hotel on Friday night.
A giant baby blimp depicting Mr Trump as a snarling, orange, nappy-wearing infant also made an appearance in Edinburgh, having debuted in London after being granted approval to fly by mayor Sadiq Khan.


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