Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

Posted July 15, 2018

Trump will hold his first summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday after meeting with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

US President Donald Trump wraps up a 4-day visit to Britain, dominated by his blasting of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy, by spending the weekend in Scotland.

On Tuesday, Trump said that his meeting with Putin "may be the easiest" out of all the other meetings he has scheduled with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders this week. "It's a devastating technology. We will redouble out efforts it shows that the clear message from President Trump is having an impact".

"I've never seen a president say anything as odd or counterproductive as President Trump's harangue against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and Germany".

"I will absolutely, firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a good relationship with Russian Federation", he told a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that he was concerned with this Trump-Putin meeting.

Scottish police say they are trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort that President Donald Trump is staying at. As with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, whom Trump met in Singapore in June, the president believes he can generate broad and unprecedented cooperation between the US and Russian Federation despite seemingly intractable differences. And we will, of course, ask your favorite question about meddling.

When asked at a news conference on Friday whether he would tell Putin to stay out of USA elections, Trump said "yes".

Trump insists he will be ‘prepared’ for Putin meeting
Putin, which they would say bolster allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Moscow to hack the 2016 presidential election. Huntsman said the USA has repeatedly confronted Russian Federation about the election hacking, despite Mr.

Trump's remarks about Merkel drew a rare, pointed rebuke from the chancellor, whose relationship with Trump has been strained from the start, as well as from the House and Senate Democratic leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

"If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the #HelsinkiSummit should not move forward". Trump says that Europe should not buy Russian gas at all.

Now, she said, "no lower court could possibly rule against President Trump's decision in light of Zivotofsky". Referring to a TV courtroom drama aired in the 1950s and 1960s that often featured a dramatic, last-minute confession, he added, "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said in a statement that "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".

"Former Secretary of State John Kerry issued a scathing statement about what he called a "disgraceful", "disgusting" and downright "strange" appearance by President Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels".

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. "'People are telling me I can't have this meeting, everybody's saying Russian Federation is the problem - well, I don't think Russian Federation is the problem".

"The announcement has no impact on Monday's meeting", said Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for the White House National Security Council.

In an antagonistic opening salvo during a breakfast Wednesday morning with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders, Trump said that Germany was "totally controlled" and "captive to Russia", due to a pipeline project that would supply the European country with Russian gas.

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