Trump calls European Union a 'foe' before arriving in Finland for Putin summit

On the eve of his meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump rattled allies once more by labeling the European Union a "foe" with regard to trade.

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After being given the idea by his interviewer, Mr Trump said: "Certainly I'll be asking about it". "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe", Trump said.

He also said Russian Federation "is a foe in certain respects" and that China "is a foe economically".

"I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals (sic), you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from", Trump said in a joint interview published by German daily Bild and British newspaper The Times, referring to Merkel's open-door policy for refugees fleeing war and persecution.

The European Union is comprised of 28 member nations, including France, Spain, Germany, and Italy. It means that they are competitors.

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"I respect the leaders of those countries", Trump said of the European Union.

After a tumultuous North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit last week and massive protests against him in the U.K., President Donald Trump kept up his hyperbolic criticism of longstanding USA allies during an interview with "CBS Evening News".

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With that in mind, a senior House of Representatives Republican told CBS's Face the Nation that Trump should ask Putin in Helsinki which airport the Russian hackers will be extradited to for being taken into U.S. custody.

Other portions of the Trump interview are to air on various CBS news programs on Monday.

"Nothing bad is going to come out of it (Helsinki), and maybe some good will come out", he said. Trump regularly criticizes American news media outlets and has called out some journalists by name.

"Unfortunately, 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 Russian Federation over the years, I would return to criticism that it wasn't good enough - that I should have gotten Saint Petersburg in addition!" Now he's trashing our European allies while fawning all over Vladimir Putin, who he praised for putting on the "best ever" World Cup. CBS News released excerpts on Sunday, hours before Mr Trump was set to fly to Helsinki, where he will meet with Mr Putin.

Trump and Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits past year in Germany and in Vietnam.

Congressional Democrats and at least one Republican have called on Trump to pull out of Monday's meeting unless he is willing to make Russian election-meddling the top issue. He kind of goes in and wings it", Warner said on NBC's " Meet the Press.

Mr Trump has said he will raise the issue of Russian election meddling with Mr Putin, in addition to Syria, Ukraine, nuclear proliferation and other topics.

Huntsman added: "The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off-the-charts high so it's a good thing these presidents are getting together".

Before leaving the USA for his visit to Europe, he said his meeting with the Russian president "may be the easiest of all".

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