In an interview yesterday with CBS News Trump was asked to describe the US's biggest foes - and the first on the list was the European Union - before going on to name Russian Federation and China. He also told CBS that he was going into it with "low expectations".
The U.S. President said he would raise the issue of 12 Russian spies indicted for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election while adding that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite them to the U.S.
In further comments that angered some USA lawmakers, Trump suggested the United States and Russian Federation were to blame for troubled relations between the two countries.
On Sunday evening, the US President plans to take off for Helsinki, where he is to meet with Putin on the following day. CBS released excerpts on Sunday.
Mr Trump has said the investigation into the suspected Russian interference - which he casts as a "rigged witch-hunt" - makes it hard for him to do substantive deals with Moscow. So having meetings with Russia, China, North Korea, I believe in it.
"Nothing bad's going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out. I think it's ridiculous". Trump tweeted. "Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people and all the Dems (.) know how to do is resist and obstruct!" Mr. Trump continued to blame the Obama administration for its response to Russia's attempts to interfere in the 2016 election, as he did in tweets on Saturday.
He also criticised special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation stemming from the alleged election meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 United States presidential election, calling it a "rigged witch hunt".
Despite calls by top Democrats in Congress for Trump to cancel the meeting, Pompeo told reporters on his flight back from Mexico Friday night, "I think it's very important that they meet".
"I respect the leaders of those countries", he said. Bolton described the meeting as "unstructured", saying: "We're not looking for concrete deliverables here".
All three of Montana's congressional representatives backed the assessments of USA intelligence agencies that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election in statements issued Monday.
Trump and Putin have met twice before, during worldwide summits a year ago in Germany and in Vietnam. Paul then attacked Blitzer's interviewing skills.