Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

May thanks Trump for expelling ‘Russian spies’ after Salisbury, urges ‘strength & unity’

May thanks Trump for expelling ‘Russian spies’ after Salisbury, urges ‘strength & unity’

And after the news broke of the indictment of the Russian intel officers, McCain issued a stronger statement making it clear that "if President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

Trump said he also will discuss the civil war in Syria, Russia's incursions into Ukraine and nuclear proliferation when he meets with Putin in Helsinki.

Democrats on Capitol Hill said the indictments underscored the need for Trump to press Putin on the issue.

"Putin is not our friend nor merely a competitor", McCain said via Twitter.

Just four percent of Finns said Trump had made the world a safer place in a survey for the Yle news agency.

Trump, speaking in Britain on Friday, called the pipeline "a awful mistake" and told North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders on Wednesday he thought Germany had become a "captive" of Russian Federation due to its energy reliance.

Expectations are high in Russian Federation that Putin, with more than 18 years of global experience, will have the edge on Trump, who had not held elected office before he was inaugurated last year.

The GRU officers allegedly targeted emails belonging to "volunteers and employees of the USA presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton", and the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee. They also allegedly hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an operation starting around March 2016. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg demurred when asked what Trump had accomplished, saying the allies "agree that we need to deliver on our commitments". US President, Donald Trump, held bi-lateral talks with British Prime Minister, Theresa May at her grace-and-favour country residence, Chequers.

In Friday's indictment, the Justice Department accuses the Russian officers of hacking into Democratic accounts during the 2016 election campaign and releasing the stolen information in the months before Americans headed to the polls. "These units conducted large-scale cyber operations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election".

"We've been modernizing and fixing and buying" the USA nuclear arsenal, Trump said. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess. "I would say that we view Trump as a negotiating partner and hope that negotiations will be continued (after the summit)".

Even President Donald Trump's strongest supporters have trouble explaining his rhetoric when it comes to Russian Federation.

"I'll absolutely bring that up, but it won't be a Perry Mason moment".

Trump said he anticipates Putin will again deny any Kremlin interference in the election.

As with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, whom Trump met in Singapore in June, the president has said he believes that he can generate broad and unprecedented cooperation between the United States and Russian Federation despite seemingly intractable differences.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who called the summit "very intense", and other leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron, played down the extent to which they had pledged to accelerate spending plans as fast as Trump wanted.

Mr. Perez said the "chilling" reality is that the Russian officials indicted had access to the highest levels of the Russian government.

"It's one of the signs that the wind is blowing in our sails, thanks in large part to Trump", he said. After meeting with the Russian leader in November 2017, Trump said of Russia's meddling, "Every time he sees me he says, 'I didn't do that, ' and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it".

Lucy Taylor reports from Moscow.

In an explosive start to his trip, Mr Trump warned a lucrative trade deal was unlikely to go ahead if the United Kingdom maintained a strong relationship with the EU.

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