Democrats Call On Trump To Cancel Summit With Putin

Democrats Call On Trump To Cancel Summit With Putin

"It's on", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Trump, who has publicly praised Russian president Vladimir Putin, brashly criticized his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies for not spending enough on defense during a summit early Wednesday. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who said: "Trump must immediately cancel his planned summit with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation demonstrates its willingness to come back into the community of nations that respect the rule of law, legal norms and democratic institutions". But Trump has also repeatedly said he takes Putin at his word when he denies any involvement.

"No problem, right?" Trump said.

However, there are calls for the meeting to be cancelled after American authorities announced criminal charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers yesterday.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said Trump should demand the extradition of the Russians indicted on Friday, but he predicted that would not happen. The Russians are charged with stealing usernames and passwords of people working in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta, and hacking into the computer networks of other Democratic party organizations. The Trump administration has been reviewing its position, so it's unclear whether Trump and Putin will do more than agree that their staffs should study the possibility of an extension.

"I don't think we have a lot to say to President Putin", Rosenberg told CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell.

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. The group has also been accused of stealing the personal information of a number of USA voters after managing to hack into an election board. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess.

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Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by "the facts, the evidence, and the law". "I don't believe in walking into the room with a world leader who's an enemy, who's a strategic threat, unless you have a specific game plan". Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said in a speech on the chamber's floor Thursday. "Pure stupidity", Trump said in an apparent reference to the special counsel's investigation stemming from Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the surrounding partisanship.

In Edinburgh, anti-fascist groups and political activists joined those who said they'd never protested before, weaving through the capital's streets waving an array of makeshift anti-Trump banners.

As for the unity of the alliance, the words and images Trump put out to the world signaled anything but the united front lawmakers in Washington and U.S. allies overseas had hoped the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation would project ahead of Trump's summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

The admonitions to cancel the meeting came nearly exclusively from Democrats, with the notable exception of McCain, who has been absent from Capitol hill as he continues to fight brain cancer.

Speaking of topics on agenda, the Russian official said that it remains unknown what exact issues will be touched upon at the top-level meeting, adding that Moscow is ready to "consider literally all key issues on the bilateral and worldwide agenda".

Eighteen Democratic members of the House Foreign Affairs panel urged Trump in a letter to cancel the meeting, saying that "due to your constant expressions of sympathy for Vladimir Putin" the lawmakers "do not have confidence that you can faithfully negotiate with the Russian leader".

Trump added that he would talk about nuclear proliferation with Putin.

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