Trump to 'Firmly' Ask Putin About Russia's US Election Meddling

"The idea of dealing with the U.S. as equals in this one area of nuclear arms, where Russian Federation is the only other party in the world that is comparable to the United States, has some appeal [to Moscow]", said a former senior USA official.

The indictment comes as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign to influence the presidential election. The Russians are charged with stealing user names and passwords of volunteers in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta. It went on to say they also "hacked into the computers of a US vendor that supplied software used to verify voter registration information for the 2016 USA elections". "As you know I am meeting with Putin", he added. Instead "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial", Podesta said.

Earlier Friday during a press conference overseas with his British counterpart, Trump vowed to press Putin about his government's interference in the 2016 American election - though he appeared to leave open, as always, the possibility that he won't.

Trump said: 'If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the United Kingdom, so it will probably kill the deal. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess. "So all I can do is say, 'Did you?' and 'Don't do it again'". "I don't think you'll have any, 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me.' There won't be a Perry Mason here I don't think", he continued. The organizers said on Thursday there will be a "street performances of 20 pregnant Trumps and 20 gagged women".

Asked by the host what his first impressions were of the bombshell indictments, Cohen praised special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, saying, "I think Robert Mueller and his team have done an outstanding job".

"It is up to President Trump to hold #Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in #Helsinki", McCain tweeted yesterday.

Trump reiterated Friday that he is not going into the meeting with high expectations, but he said the two leaders would also discuss "a number of things", including cuts to nuclear weapons arsenals.

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ELLESBOROUGH, England - The Friday indictment of a dozen Russian nationals for hacking into the Democratic National Committee landed days before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding a stunning new dimension to a meeting already fraught with tension.

Despite apprehension over the Putin-Trump meeting, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders reiterated that maintaining dialogue with Moscow was important to resolving differences.

Because whatever spin Trump places on his mano-a-mano with Putin, he will be perceived as having been taken to the cleaners if Putin emerges from the summit with an effective green light to continue suppressing dissent at home and backing atrocities in Ukraine and Syria. Warner also called on the president and his allies to "immediately cease and desist from calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt".

Other Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen.

In a chaotic 28 hours at NATO, President Trump disparaged longtime allies, cast doubt on his commitment to the mutual-defense organization and sent the 29-member pact into a frenzied emergency session.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent out a statement shortly after, saying that while Trump should still attend the summit, he "must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy".

  • Sonia Alvarado