US President Donald Trump has said his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin may prove easier than those with the leaders of European states.
Trump made the remarks on Tuesday morning while speaking to reporters at the White House just before boarding Air Force One for a tour of Europe that includes a NATO meeting in Brussels and a visit to Britain.
“So I have NATO, I have the UK which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?” Trump said.
“We’ll see how that goes,” he said, referring to his upcoming summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki.
Trump also vowed not to be “taken advantage” of by the EU, who he has accused of not doing enough to support the transatlantic alliance and taking unfair advantage of the US on trade.
Trump also refused to call Putin a foe of the United States. Asked if Putin is a friend or foe, Trump said, “I really can’t say right…