Trump will 'absolutely' ask Putin about U.S. election meddling

Trump will 'absolutely' ask Putin about U.S. election meddling

Trump will 'absolutely' ask Putin about U.S. election meddling

US President Donald Trump said that a relationship with Russia would benefit the entire world, but warned that he had low expectations going into his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.

On Saturday, from Scotland, the USA president blamed his predecessor Barack Obama, tweeting: "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration".

Trump and Putin seem unlikely to get into this sort of detail, given that arms control would be just one of several topics raised, including the Syrian civil war.

The charges shine an even brighter spotlight on Trump's treatment of Putin, who has repeatedly denied that Russian Federation sought to skew the election that Trump, a Republican, unexpectedly won.

"Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy", he added. He said those who criticized Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should understand that issues such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "cannot be done overnight". The Russians are charged with stealing user names and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta.

But others say it was important to send a message — even if it never reaches Trump himself.

The Kremlin said no joint summit statement was planned but the presidents would give a news conference after their meeting.

Speaking to reporters in the United Kingdom on Friday before the indictments became public, Trump pledged to raise the 2016 election meddling issue during his sit-down with Putin. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said in a speech on the chamber's floor Thursday.

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"President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression".

Though an explicit endorsement of Putin's expansionism would be surprising, Trump's evasiveness on the issue coupled with his record of extraordinary statements and actions at worldwide summits has left many on edge. "If we can do something to substantially reduce them [nuclear weapons], I mean, ideally get rid of them, maybe that's a dream, but certainly it's a subject that I'll be bringing up with him", Trump stressed.

Macron said he did not believe it was necessarily a good idea to raise the target for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members' defence spending to 4 percent of GDP from 2 percent, as Trump has suggested.

British Trade Secretary Liam Fox said anti-Trump protesters were an embarrassment to themselves as they had shown bad manners to the leader of the free world.

In the most detailed US accusation to date that Moscow meddled in the presidential election, a federal grand jury said Russian military intelligence agency officers covertly monitored computers of Clinton's campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data.

But the President's tour-de-grace came during his suddenly announced solo news conference at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that sent reporters scrambling to make it into the room on time and wondering whether Trump would announce the U.S. was leaving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after reports suggested he had threatened to do so earlier in the day.

"But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".

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