Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

John McCain to Trump: Cancel Putin Meeting

John McCain to Trump: Cancel Putin Meeting

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections".

Trump said there had been "tremendous progress" after his "firm" warnings during the tense two-day meeting in Brussels, during which he singled out Germany for special criticism.

"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", the New York Democrat said. "It's been awesome to see the level of spirit in that room".

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called an emergency session of all 29 allies to address Trump's demands, and the United States leader said his hectoring had paid off.

In May, Poland said it was willing to pay up to $2 billion to support a permanent U.S. troop presence on its soil. Even though Trump suggested he could probably withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if he wanted to, he conceded "that is unnecessary" because he felt his relentless hectoring had forced other nations to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense.

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But just days out from a high-stakes meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, the mercurial U.S. leader threatened to throw the transatlantic alliance into disarray.

"Even with today's news, we can expect Trump to raise Putin's attack on our democracy in a passing, perfunctory way before again taking - or at least claiming to take - Putin's denials at face value", said Ned Price, a former national security council spokesman for President Barack Obama.

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

Schiff, in a separate tweet, attached a full statement on the indictments, saying that the "American people need and deserve a president who stands up to foreign interference and puts the interests of our country first".

Trump: "They really stepped up their commitment ... stepped it up an additional 33 billion ... "

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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.

"Putin is not America's friend".

Germany, Europe's biggest economy, spends just 1.24 percent, compared with 3.5 percent for the US. "They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before".

Rosenstein, who said he had briefed President Donald Trump on the indictment, said there was no allegation that the hacking altered any vote count or that any Americans were knowingly in communication with any of the Russian officers.

"It's a horrific thing being done where you're feeding billions and billions of dollars from Germany... into the coffers of Russian Federation when we're trying to do something so that we have peace in the world".

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But European leaders said they merely agreed to keep doing what they've been doing - raising military spending under a goal set in 2014 to devote 2 percent of their gross national product to defense by 2024. The White House didn't respond to a request for further comment on whether Trump would address the indictment when he meets with Putin.

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