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phil: this is "d.w. news" live from berlin. a u.s. president who trusts russia over his own intelligence services. donald trump takes vladimir putin's word. president trump: i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be. phil: a surprising moment from a summit that broke with convention in more ways than one. we'll bring you the latest from our correspondents around the world. the e.u. urges the united states, chihina and russia to ee global trade tensions,s, warning
ththey could spiral out of control. both sides of the e.u.-china summit in beijing are hoping for improved trade relations. a hero's welcome for france's world cup champions. the victorious team have arrived home and are showing off the famous trophy in a victory parade down the champs champs elysees. i'm phil gayle, welcome to the program. president trump has triggered a storm of controversy in the united states after openly favoring russia's president over his own intelligence agencies. standing next to his u.s. counterpart in helsinki, vladimir putin denied that russia meddled inn the u.s.
election which donald trump accepted. the finnish capital sweltered as people gathered to watch the biggest show in town, the meeting between vladimir putin and donald trump. putin arrived half an hour late. trump, in turn, kept putin waiting. both leaders expressed the desire to improve relations. president trump: the disagreements between our two countries are well known and president putin and i discussed them at length todayay. but if we're going to solve many of the problems facing our world, then we're going to have to find ways to cooperate in pursuit of shared interests. reporter: putin and trump spent more than two hours in one-on-one discussions behind closed doors with only translators present. the summit covered everything from trade to terrorism, from
nato to nuclear weapons to china. there was another question at the top of many minds. >> once again, president trump mentioned the issue of the so-called interference in the american elections and i had to reiterate things several times, including now, in a personal context, that russia has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal american affairs including the electoral process. reporter: putin denied knowledge of the 12 russian military intelligencece agencies indicted on friday but said he was prepared to help the u.s. president investigate the matter. president trump: i have great confidence in my intelligence people but i will tell you that president putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today and what he did is an incredible offer. he offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators
with respect to the 12 people. i think that's an incredible offer. thank you. reporter: as helsinki bakes, relations a appear to be warming between the u u.s.a. and russian some issues but the areas in which the european union hoped for s solutions remained unreresolved includiding the wan syria and iran'n's nuclear prprogram. there's also continuing distrust over nuclear disarmamement and nato military deployment in countries bordering russia. phil: president trump has tweeted what you might call a clarification. "as i said today and many times before, i have great confidence in my intelligence people. however, i also recognize that in order to build a brighter future, we cannot exclusively focus on the past, we must get along." let's get more from teri schultz in helsinki. welcome, teri. that reads like a president
trying to contain a backlash. teri: yeah. and it's a huge backlash and i don't think one tweet is exactly going to do it. as you mentioned earlier, much of the press conference focused on allegations that russia interfered in u.s. presidential elections and that president trump himself knew about this, may have acquiesced to some of it so this is not going to go away. it's interesting that president trump said he doesn't want to dwell on the past because of course there are investigations going on. those aren't going away, either. indictments continue and speculation is they will lead to the president. he may hope one tweet helps quell displeasure but it will take a lot more than that. phil: let's hear from the two men. here they are talking about the potential for cooperation in syria. president trump: as he discussed at length, the crisis in syria
is a complex one. cooperation between our two countries has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. i also made clear that the united states will not allow iran to benefit from our succesessful campaign against isis. we have just about eradicated isis. phil: teri schultz in helsinki. has this summit improved the chances of greater cooperation? teri: that depends on what the goal is. what many here are worrying is that presidents trump and putin have exactly the same goal and that is to destabilize multilateral organization -- the w.t.o., nato, the european union. president trump has, of course, lashed out at all of these organizations. just last week in brussels, complaining to chancellor merkel about german defense spending
saying all the european allies are free-riders, forcing a closed door meeting of nato allies due to his threat of going it alone if they didn't up spending so all of those moves are making president putin happier in his goal of destabilizing nato and the european union and president trump seems to be happy if that happens. when you talk about further cooperation, we got zero details on what might work in syria with russia supporting syrian president assad but we have plenty of details about how president trump would like to destabilize europe. phil: teri schultz in helsinki, thank you. let's get the view from moscow and washington. our bureau chief in the russian capital and our north american chief. alexander, how has mr. trump's performance been received in the
united states? alexandra: not good. what we have seen are negative reactions ranging from shock, disappointment and outrage. the top democrat in the senate, chuck schumer, accused the u.s. president of a dangerous failure to stand up to his russian counterpart. he said that, you ask president to side with vladimir putin against american intelligence agencies, against american law enforcement is dangerous and weak. and we actually have seen similar reactions among republicans. house speaker ryan said that there is no question that russia has interfered in the u.s. election and that donald trump must appreciate that russia is not our ally. bob corker, chairman of the u.s. senate committee on foreign affairs said he was
disappointed, that he thinks trump's comments in helsinki made the u.s. look as a pushover and senator mccain went even so far as saying that what we saw in helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by the american president in memory. phil: yuri in moscow. what do you make of president putin's denial of any connection to alleged russian interference in the 2016 u.s. presidential election? yuri: from vladimir putin's perspective, there is no contradiction at all. he repeatedly said what donald trump obviously wanted him to say on election meddling. putin assured that russia never had interest in interfering in u.s. domestic policy although he had hoped trump would win the presidency in 2016, because trump has always said he wants to improve u.s.-russian
relations. but this meant, mr. putin, that he just had a preferred candidate which didn't necessarily mean state-backed interference and if plenty of prescription russians prefer one of the candidates, they might have nothing to do with the government. all in all, vladimir putin was the bigger authority at the giant press conference. at times it sounded like trump had learned a lesson from putin and sometimes trump sounded like a child saying that there could be no meddling because president vladimir putin assured him of this. phil: so president trump has a new buddy. relations with russia seem to be improving but he has troubles at home that seem to be intensifying. alexandra: that's true. chuck schumer called on
democrats and republicans to ratchet up, to join in effort to ratchet up sanctions on russia and there are, of course, lawmakers among republicans now thinking how they can enhance their influence on donald trump's foreign policy, how they can prevent donald trump from changing u.s. policy on russia and ukraine. there is mueller investigation still going on, investigation into potential collusion between the trump campaign and russia, and it's not quite sure that we are really going to see improved relations between the two countries because we have seen in the past that there is a huge gap between what the president says and what his administration does. the trump administration has imposed new sanctions on russia, has expelled russian diplomats from the u.s., has closed a russian consulate in
san francisco, despite the fact that the president himself has always been very friendly towards vladimir putin. phil: final brief word to you, yuri, what do you think this summit will be remembered for? yuri: i think, phil, russia seems to be on a winning streak right now. at the world cup, russia received lots of attention and positive feedback from the rest of the world for being a wonderful host. today's summit will be seen as a big payoff for some successful gambling by the kremlin. moscow looks for ways out of its international isolation. this summit was a clear signal at least the signal to the world that the u.s. president strongly supports normalizing and this symbolism was the main russian goal. russia wants to return to the world stage by making clear
deals and clever deals and clever for them means that russia must be rid of its most painful global problems making it in return only minimal concessions and donald trump seems to be fine with allowing russia to achieve the geopolitical goals. phil: thank you both. let's take a look at some of the other stories making news around the world. former u.s. president, barack obama, is in kenya, visiting his father's home village where he showed off basketball skills and opened a sports and training center run by his half sister. totomorrow he movoves on to souh africa. and a further sign of thawing tensions, eritrea has reopened an embassy in ethiopia.. the heads oftate attendedd the
reopening ceremony. this comes after the leaders declared an end of two decades of conflict. two reporters from myanmar charged with violating secrecy rules appeared in court today. the germans who worked for reuters news agency have pleaded not guilty and told the court they have been framed by police, that officers insisted on giving them documents. hundreds of migrants have disembarked from two ships in the italian port a after two das of waiting. italy agreed t to allow the shis to dock only after five e.u. countries pledged to accept 50 asylum seekers each. turning to football and world cup winners france have arrived in paris to a hero's welcome, following sunday's 4-2 victory over croatia. hundreds of thousands of ecstatic fans lined the champs elysees to greet them.
earlier it was revealed they are to receive france's highest civilian award, legion of honor. >> a victorious french team touching down on home soil. on the famous champs dell -- elysees, fans waited patiently for their heroes. >> i'm so happy to be part of the celebration. i was lucky enough to experience it in 1998 and 2006 when we reached the final. in 2018, it's great. reporter: and finally the moment they've all been waiting for, the 2018 world cup champions, their champions, lapping up the adulation. >> we have been waiting for like all day and we skipped work.
because we wanted to be here. [cheering] reporter: fans celebrating under a tricolor sky united by the beautiful game. phil: d.w. sports correspondent was there for the homecoming and sent us this as the bus and the victorious passengers drove past. reporter: this is the moment fans have been waiting for and now their wish has been fulfilled. they've been here for the past few hours trying to get a glimpse of their super heroes. wow, who just arrived? it's chaos. it's crazy. it's euphoria, it's ecstasy and what makes this team so special is that it has a way of uniting this country like no other institution. just watch the joy, the
happiness. you have to see it to believe it and that's what football can do to people. back to you! phil: serious, now, daniel winter is here. china is taking its trade grievances to the top. daniel: i was in berlin when germany won and it wasn't as huge a party as that so well done to france but it's been a big day for chinese trade relations. let's unpack what happened. firstly, the country has filed an official complaint with the world trade organization against the united states saying the u.s. has broken the rules by imposing $200 billion of tariffs on chinese goods. meanwhile, at a summit in beijing, president of the u unid kingdom, jean-claude juncker encouraged china's top politicianans to open up the economy to foreigners.
>> china and the e.u.. are willing to t talk about improvig the w.t.o. on the basis that it maintains its coree principles and continues to operate based on rules that foster free trade. daniel: on one hand, china says it wants to enforce global free trade while on the other hand the e.u. has long complained that china's strict rules and subsidies make it extremely tough for foreigners to access their market so could trade tensions soon have an effect on the country? the latest stats show the country's growth slowing slightly and china thinks this figure at the end could go down further for the year. much of that is the result of china trying to off-load a bunch of debt but with a looming trade war, the economy could be lacking the firepower needed to push forward. what's clear from this, is that we're seeing headwinds for china's economy. it's not just china that's
complained about the u.s. to the w.t.o. our correspondent is following the back-and-forth for us from wall street. we heard the u.s. has launched complaints with the w.t.o. against china and others. what does it mean for the countries involved? reporter: that's what the u.s. is doing on the other side, especially when it comes to the steel and aluminum tariffs that the u.s. is imposing. the u.s. is saying those are justified because national security is at stake but on the other side, the retaliatory measures from the european union, from china, from mexico, from canada, are not justified, that's why the u.s. is filing its own complaint with the world trade organization. for the short term, that doesn't really mean much because it will take time, at least by the end of 2019, to get any kind of decision of the world trade organization.
so there's no immediate effect here. daniel: we heard a little already about china's slowing growth. how is this trade conflict affecting prospects for economic growth? reporter: we had a new report out on monday from the international monetary fund. they're actually saying that global economic growth has plateaued, that the greatest risk actually are those trade problems and they have lowered, so the i.m.f. has lowered the growth perspective for the european union, for japan, for the u.k. and leave the outlook for the u.s. stable but trade is especially one of the greatest risks right now but we have to wait and see. will the u.s. really impose tariffs on goods in the amount of $200 billion by fall or not?
there's still a slight chance this might not happen. daniel: we often see forecasts revised but revised up or down? we'll have to waituned -- wait and see what happens. if you're like me, you love a good air show. the latest and greatest models are all there. at one such show in the south of england, prime minister theresa may had her shiny new brexit plan on display. the problem is, no one knows if it's her plan that will take off. meanwhile, businesses are fearing a bumpy landing. reporter: aircraft makers have been flying high for almost a decade now, pushed up by rising demand. now they're showcasing their newest, shiniest. but a changing political landscape could cause problems. a brexit related disruption in the movement of goods and services would be costly. british prime minister theresa
may sought to soothe industry fears at the air show. she offered more than $450 million in new funding for the industry and she announced plans to build a new fighter jet dubbed "the tempest." speculation brexit could upset cooperation in this field, too. theresa may: i want to ensure that the u.k. is one of the best places in the world for the aerospace industry and make the most of the huge opportunities that exists because this is an incredibly exciting time for aerospace. not only is there huge growth potential but many of the developments taking place have the potential to transform the way we fly. reporter: airbus has announced $17 billion worth of deals so far at the air show. just last month, it said it could quit the u.k. over brexit but since the release of may's proposal to try to keep a free trade area between the e.u. and
u.k., airbus has said it's cautiously optimistic. the u u.'s main aviation industry group echoes the sentiment but insists much is still up in the air. daniel: that's not only theresa may who's been busy. angela merkel hass been meeting hard working germans. phil: the cherm an chancellor has visited a nursing home to see firsthand the challenges facing staff. during her election campaign last year, the chancellor promised a nurse at the home she would accompany him to work one day and that day was today. the chancellor's government has pledged to create at least 8,000 additional jobs but at the moment 36,000 positions in hospitals and for the elderly are unfilled. it's a crisis that affects careers every day. reporter: rosa lopez is always on the go. the spanish born nurse works in
berlin and loves her job. but it's becoming increasingly difficult to do it well. >> there are growing numbers of elderly people who need help and fewer and fewer individuals willing to do the job. reporter: rosa looks after up to 30 people a day. krista suffers from frequent dizziness and can barely leave her bed. nurse rosa administers her medication. seven minutes are allocated for the task but krista wants to show her pictures from her daughter's wedding. >> i couldn't get to the wedding. reporter: nurse rosa lends a sympathetic ear, comforts her and stays an extra 25 minutes. >> we're the only people she has contact with and when we go to her, she wants to talk. this is what a lot of patients need, attention, someone to talk to, who can just sit with them
and listen, ask questions and help them. reporter: mr. mattis is more straightforward. he's quite happy but his wife is away at the moment. at 81, all he needs help with are his compression stockings. >> what should you expect at 81? by that age, society has basically written y you off. if you didn't have your family, you'd be completely stuck. reporter: the stockings are on in five minutes but documenting ththe visit takes extra time. then nurse rosa rushes to the car. often it's double-parked. she would love to tell those politicians who so often promise improvements what her daily routine is like, such as germany's health minister who has just announced he wants to
create 8,000 caregiving jobs. >> if he does that, i'll eat my hat. he'd have to train them first and that takes years. reporter: that sounds like frustration. >> yes, it is frustrating when you always have more and more patients and less time and the pay is too low. of course that's frustrating. who would want to do this job? no one. reporter: her next on patient is 94-year-old who has lived alone since her husband died. her acute rheumatism makes it impossible to take her own medication. she's glad to have the help rather than go into a nursing home. >> i will not leave my beautiful home. i can cook for myself. i use fresh ingredients every day, no canned food.
reporter: home care. 700,000 seniors in germany wish to remain in their own four walls as long as possible and because of this, nurse rosa often has to work overtime. but despite the job's often unrealistic demands, she has no intention of quitting. phil: you're up to date. more at the top of the hour. you can get all the news and information on our website, website,dw.com. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org.] [inaudible]