Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Finland Is Natural Choice for Trump-Putin Meeting

Finland Is Natural Choice for Trump-Putin Meeting

"He (Putin) may deny it", Trump said Thursday during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Belgium, adding, "So all I can do is say, 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again'". But the mixed messaging has left America's friends and allies confused, particularly after a contentious North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit where Trump questioned the value of the alliance that Putin has long denounced and sought to weaken.

"Second, the Treasury Department must immediately impose sanctions mandated by Congress on the Russian intelligence officers indicted today", said Menendez of New Jersey.

He also offered an unsubstantiated theory he often repeats, questioning whether the hidden hand of the government was biased toward Democrats in 2016 and whether there was covert material on a Democratic server hacked by the Russians.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Trump's refusal to condemn Putin "makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and unsafe", while Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner said the Russian leader "will undoubtedly take full advantage of an ill-prepared President". Then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Trump had pressed Putin on the matter, while the Russian foreign minister said Trump had accepted Putin's denials that Russia interfered in the election.

Trump also has expressed little interest in continuing the harsh US criticism of Russian activities in Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere, and of Russia's human rights record.

Speaking in Britain before the indictments were unveiled, Trump said he would ask Putin about the allegations of election meddling.

"I will absolutely bring that up".

Following the G7 summit in Canada, Macron had said he would like to invite his Putin to Biarritz, but that it would depend on Russia's application of the process agreed in Minsk with France, Germany and Ukraine to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport by a British government representative. President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy.

"The concern is that this is not just noise to disregard, because perception is reality and this president may be with us for another six years", the senior source said. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along". On Friday the administration noted that no Trump officials were implicated, with Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani hailing the indictments as "good news for all Americans". He added that Mueller's timing "wasn't an accident".

Rosenstein called for unity in the face of Russian meddling.

The US President has repeatedly shown that flattery, praise and a welcoming atmosphere are the fastest ways to his heart.

"The conspirators covertly monitored the computers of dozens of DCCC and DNC employees, implanted hundreds of files containing malicious computer code, and stole emails and other documents", it said.

According to Obama aides, Obama tried to formulate a bipartisan statement on alleged Russian election interference in September 2016, two months before the election, but saw the effort "watered down" by Republican Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and other crimes, while former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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