Trump says European Union a 'foe' ahead of meeting with Putin

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.

Glor asked President Trump whom he considers to be competitors and foes of the United States.

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

"I think we have a lot of foes", Trump said, responding to a question put forward by by CBS News' Jeff Glor. "Now you wouldn't think of the European Union, but they're a foe". Russian Federation is a foe in certain aspects.

"China is a foe economically, certainly they are a foe", he told CBS. But that doesn't mean they are bad. It doesn't mean anything. It means that they are competitive.

Nicholas Burns, a former former US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, now a Harvard Kennedy School Professor, notes the European Union is America's "largest trade partner, largest investor in our economy, our ally in climate, human rights+protecting democracy".

Pressed as to why he first listed the European Union as a foe, Trump responded, "No, I look at them all". Maybe the thing that's most hard ― don't forget both my parents were born in European Union sectors, OK? His mother was born in Scotland, he said accurately, and "my father was Germany".

"You know I love those countries".

Donald Trump named the European Union as a foe to the United States.

"I hadn't thought of that", Trump said.

In a meeting last week with other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, the president also took aim at Germany for supporting a pipeline deal with Russian Federation.

"The people of Germany are turning against their leadership as migration is rocking the already tenuous Berlin coalition", Trump tweeted in the midst of a row within the German goverment. Trump departed for Helsinki on Sunday evening after spending the day playing golf at his private club in Scotland. A few days after that diplomatic disaster, May subsequently revealed that Trump had advised her to sue the European Union instead of negotiating with them over Brexit, indicating that Trump continues to exclusively view foreign policy through the narrow lens of real estate industry bullying. "I think it's ridiculous".

During last week's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump repeatedly criticized other member countries for failing to spend more on defence, and openly questioned the alliance's objective.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, dismissed Trump's attack on European countries, saying, "America and the EU are best friends. What, are they waving a white flag?" he added.

Putin was due to arrive in Helsinki just ahead of the talks on Monday.