US lawmakers urge Trump to cancel Putin summit

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

Their discussion will be private and there will be no witnesses or note-takers. Long believing in the power of personal connections, he has insisted to aides that it was essential to sit down with Putin to establish a rapport.

"I think it's a good thing to meet". I've been nice to him.

But the Washington-Moscow rivalry has a long history and there are there many points of friction that could yet spoil Trump's hoped-for handsome friendship. And, you know, I love those countries.

Drawing on his experience as a marketer and salesman, Trump has always been convinced that his mastery of powerful images has been essential to his political rise.

Despite the doubts of his top national security advisers, Trump is keen to withdraw U.S. troops from eastern Syria, where they have been battling the Islamic State. Other issues include the potential for nuclear arms talks and North Korea's nuclear challenge, given that USA officials have said Russian Federation had worked in the past to help Pyongyang circumvent global sanctions.

"We had much better defenses".

He cited his historic meeting last month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as meetings he has had with China's Xi Jinping. You know, the Russians take the position, you can like it or not like it, that their constitution forbids them to extradite Russian citizens.

"I could say: 'Would you do me a favor?" "'Would you do me a favor? Tomorrow I go to Helsinki for a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin".

Trump's decision to stay yet again at a property he owns - and has repeatedly advertised during the drip - caught the attention of ethics experts, who say Trump should not profit off the presidency.

Trump spent the weekend in Scotland at his resort in Turnberry, golfing, tweeting and granting an interview to CBS News in which he named the European Union, a bloc of nations that includes many of America's closest allies, at the top of his list of biggest global foes.

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The charges put an even greater spotlight on Mr Trump's treatment of Putin, who has denied making efforts to intervene in the US election that Trump unexpectedly won.

The White House played down the "meeting", stressing that Trump spoke with many leaders during the meal.

The two presidents have shared personal bonhomie in the past, but beyond the alleged hacking of the US election, their countries are deeply divided on a host of other issues including Syria and Ukraine.

It could be a particularly tricky meeting for Donald Trump on Monday after the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking in the run up to the 2016 presidential election.

In reality, the president is completely at odds with his own administration on Russian Federation; while Trump continues to cozy up to Putin, the federal agencies under him have adopted a traditionally hawkish Republican attitude. John McCain of Arizona.

Maas welcomed the meeting, at which the U.S. president has said he will raise the issue of nuclear weapons reduction.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating United States intelligence findings that Russians conspired to sway the 2016 election in Mr Trump's favour.

Trump told reporters he plans to raise election meddling with Putin but said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame.

Donald Trump repeated his previous assertion that European Union has "taken advantage of us on trade".


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