President Donald Trump on Saturday scolded the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 USA election - cyberattacks underpinning the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.
US Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday unveiled formal charges against 12 Russian GRU intelligence agents who "conducted large-scale cyber operations to interfere" with the election - from phishing to malware and Bitcoin mining to copy, steal and release emails and data from the political campaign of Trump's 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump has blamed the Democratic National Committee for "allowing themselves to be hacked".
Bolton continued: "The Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens. It means that they're competitors", Trump told CBS anchor Jeff Glor on Sunday.
"I think the president can put this on the table and say, 'This is a serious matter that we need to talk about, '" Bolton said. Russia forced the U.S.to draw down its diplomatic presence in the country last summer - a delayed response to President Obama's ordering expulsions of Russian diplomats in retaliation for Moscow's interference in the 2016 election.
A billboard is pictured on Presidents Donald Trump's route from the airport to his meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
Speaking in an interview with CBS Evening News conducted on Saturday, ahead of his meeting with Mr. Putin in Helsinki on Monday, Mr. Trump also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved.
Huntsman on Sunday said that it was "highly unlikely" the United States would recognise Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, but would not rule it out.
Trump is departing for Helsinki on Sunday for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday. Trump said such sessions are beneficial.
"This is what he was trained to do, after all, as an intelligence officer and I think he's particularly been good at reading character weaknesses", she told AFP. "Nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out".
Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own deal-making skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit.
Trump appeared to place blame on the Democratic National Committee for the hacking attack that has been linked to Russian Federation: "I think the DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked".
On Friday, the U.S. Justice Department indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers over alleged crimes tied to Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about Russian involvement in the hacking while being accused by Democrats of cozying up to Putin. He kind of goes in and wings it", Warner said on NBC's "Meet the Press. He said the "Let's settle this like adults" name is a reference to solving problems using the simple rocks, paper, scissors method to make decisions. The collective blood pressure between the United States and Russian Federation is off the charts high.
While the summit will likely include discussions on Syria, Ukraine and a nuclear arms treaty, the focus from outside the meeting will be on how Trump handles the charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Timo Heikkinen, 50, a Helsinki native, says "we celebrate the Helsinki spirit here. and we welcome everybody who respects human rights and democracy and doesn't share fake news".
Putin keeps up to date via thick folders of intelligence reports and press summaries, but Trump's advisors reportedly struggle to get him to read even the shortest of briefings. If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the US elections, given that the GRU is part of the state machine.