Russian Federation hails 'partner' Trump ahead of summit

by Abel Hampton July 15, 2018, 2:23
Russian Federation hails 'partner' Trump ahead of summit

President Donald Trump is tweeting about golf, blaming his predecessor for election hacking and hate-watching CNN, two days before a high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

After meeting the Queen at Windsor Castle on Friday, Trump headed to Scotland, where his mother, Mary Anne, was born and where he owns a golf course, before his Monday meeting in Helsinki with Putin. "It's a devastating technology".

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, '" Trump said Friday morning before the indictments were announced. I asked him again.

Measure that against Trump's suggestion at a rancorous summit of the Group of Seven last month in Canada that the leading industrialized countries include Russian Federation in their elite grouping of democracies - a suggestion that got short shrift from the other nations.

"We have to talk about the billions and billions of dollars that's being paid to the country we're supposed to be protecting you against", the president said.

Russia had earlier denied meddling in the USA election campaign and Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on the Russian interference a "political witch hunt".

A day earlier in Brussels, Trump did say he would raise the election issue with Putin, but also said: "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it".

But Warner took it a step further than Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), suggesting to reporters on Friday that if Trump and Putin meet one-on-one, the Kremlin leader would likely take advantage of Trump's unpreparedness.

"If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward". President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport on Friday by the British government's Scotland minister.

Ahead of the summit, Trump criticised Germany on Twitter for what he called its dependence on Russian energy, and during the event he hit out on Twitter at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members' spending contributions to the defence alliance.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said "today's charges include no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the campaign and no allegations that the alleged hacking affected the election result".

At an impromptu press conference following the hectic second-day Mr Trump said: "I told people that I would be very unhappy if they didn't up their commitments very substantially, and countries are going to start upping their commitments".

"The aim of this meeting is to begin setting right the negative state of bilateral relations, to agree on concrete measures to improve them and to establish a more or less acceptable level of trust", Ushakov said.

At 3.5 percent, the United States' own annual defense spending is below the 4-percent-of-GDP level that Trump has said it is, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures show. "So I wouldn't underplay at all the importance of actually sitting down for the first time in a meeting-summit environment and discussing the issues that really matter most".


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