New indictments reinforce significance of midterm elections

New indictments reinforce significance of midterm elections

New indictments reinforce significance of midterm elections

Three days before Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Helsinki, the U.S. Justice Department announced indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election against 12 Russian nationals, accusing them of orchestrating a campaign to "hack" emails and computer networks belonging to the Clinton campaign and Democratic Party in the last U.S. presidential election.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement.

As for her relationship with Trump, she said: "We are friends".

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he talks with US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson. on July 13, 2018. But we'll also be talking about other things.

"That would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something on nuclear proliferation", he said.

The Kremlin firmly denied meddling in the 2016 US presidential election Friday just hours before a dozen Russian military intelligence officers were indicted for alleged election-related hacking, a development that could cloud the upcoming U.S. "I will absolutely firmly ask the question".

"I thanked President Trump for his support in responding to the appalling use of a nerve agent in Salisbury, after which he expelled 60 Russian intelligence officers", May said after talks with the U.S. leader at the Chequers residence in Buckinghamshire on Friday.

When asked about Russian Federation illegally occupying Crimea, Trump blamed the Obama administration and said Putin "wouldn't have done that if I was president".

Trump indicated on Thursday that he does not have a list of demands for the Russian president.

During Trump's meeting with Putin, McCain said, the president "must reverse his disturbing tendency to show America's adversaries the deference & esteem that should be reserved for our allies".

McCain wasn't the only Republican senator to criticize Putin following the indictments.

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"And hopefully we will have a very good relationship with Russia", Trump continued.

"We took in $33 billion more", Trump said, pointing to increased financial commitments.

Based on his track record, some Democrats said they weren't sure whether Trump should be trusted to hold talks with Putin.

When Trump was asked about his threat to pull the US out of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, he said that idea was no longer necessary and mentioned the member nations' financial commitments.

On Wednesday, Trump had rattled allies with provocative and insulting comments during the summit's first day.

RNC spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded to Warner on "Outnumbered Overtime", telling Harris Faulkner that Trump already intends to discuss the indictment.

Despite Russia's semi-pariah status among some Americans and U.S. allies, the Kremlin has always been trying to arrange a summit, betting that Putin and Trump will get on well and stop a sharp downwards spiral in bilateral ties. Chuck Schumer, should not be a one-on-one with Putin and Trump alone.

Macron and others said they did not interpret Trump's words as a direct threat to quit the alliance Washington founded in 1949 to contain Soviet expansion. Schiff said on CNN that Trump should "cut his losses on this disastrous trip to Europe" and return without engaging with the Russian leader.

"This was an Obama disaster", Trump said. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday.

"I think it's fine", Trump said when asked about the protests.

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