Friday, 21 September, 2018

Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments

Trump Seemed To Exhibit Multiple Personalities At NATO Summit Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump to address reporters in Helsinki: Kremlin
Deanna Wagner | 14 July, 2018, 00:55

Speaking during a joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May Friday, President Donald Trump vowed to confront Russia President Vladimir Putin about Kremlin efforts to influence USA elections.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who like the summit host, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, was singled out in the room by Trump for spending less that 1 per cent of GDP on defence, said Madrid would also meet the target by 2024.

For US President Donald Trump, a summit with Vladimir Putin risks a political backlash at home and overseas. He furiously backpedaled away the comments on Friday, saying of May's Brexit talks: "Whatever you're going to do is OK with us. I'm going to show everybody,"' Mankoff said of Trump's viewpoint.

However, the U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation did interfere in the presidential election.

"Mr. President, as today's indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: You interfered in our elections", Flake said on Twitter. Out of meetings with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders and British Prime Minister Theresa May, Trump said his summit with Putin may be the easiest of them all.

As with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, whom Trump met in Singapore in June, the president has said he believes that he can generate broad and unprecedented cooperation between the USA and Russian Federation despite seemingly intractable differences.

Will they finally hold the head of their party to account for not doing anything to protect our democracy, keep our elections safe or ensure Putin and the Russians never do this again? He said the indictments are "further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win". "We have been far tougher on Russian Federation than anybody". But lawmakers worry Trump will fail to take Putin to task, particularly over the election meddling, which the Russian leader has denied. Many foreign leaders and high-ranking officials will attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup final match at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on July 15, Russian president's aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

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"It will be over a relatively short period of years", Trump said.

"Based on just the way things are shaping up, I think a non-eventful Helsinki meeting might be best for our country", Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations committee, told Reuters.

"If the president leaves the Putin meeting without ironclad assurances and concrete steps toward a full cessation of Russian attacks on our democracy, this meeting will not only be a failure - it will be a grave step backward for the future of the worldwide order and global security".

After this, Trump will go to have tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Trump said a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May he would "absolutely" bring up the topic - which he has been including on a list of a handful of subjects he will raise when the two meet in Helsinki, Finland.

But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry. "It really hurts our relationship with Russian Federation". Still, by the time it was over he was ebullient, saying that European allies and Canada had "really stepped up their commitment" - and intimating that his relentless hectoring had forced other allies to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense. Also included in the sanctions were limits on the administration's ability to ease the measures, a provision Trump strongly opposed.