Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments

Schumer Calls On Trump To Cancel Putin Summit After Russian Indictments

Lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to cancel a meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin after special counsel Robert Mueller charged against 12 Russians for interfering in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election Friday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Friday the summit will not be canceled.

The US has passed a series of sanctions against Russian Federation since 2014 over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and alleged meddling in the US elections, which it denies.

And while the president has said he ultimately wants to up commitments doubled to 4 percent, for now he said that countries have agreed to move at a "faster clip" to meet the 2 percent threshold. "I did it. You got me'". "Commitments were made. Only five of 29 countries were making their commitment and that's now changed", Trump said at a press conference before leaving Brussels. You got me!' There won't be Perry Mason here, I don't think. The president is spending the weekend at his golf property in Scotland before leaving on Sunday for Helsinki, where the meeting is scheduled to take place.

Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time.

The suspects, named as members of the GRU (Russian military intelligence), are alleged to have hacked into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and the Clinton campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump says added NATO funds not enough for U.S.
Stoltenberg said European Allies and Canada are expected to spend an extra 266 billion us dollars on defence between now and 2024. Germany is a rich country. "But Germany is totally controlled by Russia ", Trump added.

"I will absolutely, firmly ask the question" to Putin, Trump said at a news conference on Friday with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, her country estate.

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 risky", while Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner said the Russian leader "will undoubtedly take full advantage of an ill-prepared President". "Donald 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".

Presidents of Russian Federation and the United States are scheduled for their first summit meeting in the Finnish capital of Helsinki next Monday, July 16.

Warner, whose committee has been investigating Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 election for more than a year, also stressed that there "needs to be other Americans in the room" in Helsinki, Finland Monday to ensure that Trump makes the issue of interference in the 2016 election a "priority". Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., was among the first to call for Trump to cancel the summit, warning that, "Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy". "Much stronger than it was two days ago", Trump said in an unscheduled statement.

The declaration adopted at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit has stipulated that the right of collective defense - in which any attack against one member state will be regarded as an attack against all members and opens the way for them to take action - is its "core task". "Putin is not a friend of democracy". Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.

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