Trump says he won't turn 'Perry Mason' on Putin over election meddling

Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron

However, Trump confirmed that Russian Federation sanctions would not be removed and took another swipe at Germany for wanting a gas pipeline to Russian Federation.

"I read the 140-character messages", Macron said. "We are not anti-American, just against Trump and his divisive regime".

"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". His performance so far also will leave Putin - and the American public - wondering what they can believe. You say you want us to protect you from Russian Federation, but then you take this money that we spent on you and give them to Russian Federation to buy gas.

The truth revealed itself in the stiff body language between the two leaders, who did not shake hands for the cameras and appeared miles apart even as they sat just feet from each other. He comes to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, where he's greeted by friends who say: "Donald, we thought about it and decided that you were right, let's make it 2%, but in 2024.' Trump replies: 'No, guys, I also thought about it, not 2% in 2024, but 4% right now.' He gives his European partners ultimatum: they must completely abandon independence, their independent economic policy".

One option aired by diplomats is to scrap regular North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summits altogether and return to the era of the 1980s, when such leaders-level gatherings were less common and when much of the decision-making was taken by defense and foreign ministers. "We have a strong and powerful North Atlantic Treaty Organisation". British police said they were trying to trace the pilot.

But none of those claims passed muster. Trump mocked network president Jeff Zucker as "Little Jeff Z" following a spat with a CNN correspondent at a news conference Friday in Britain. "It reaffirms a commitment to 2% in 2024".

A federal grand jury on Friday alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Merkel found herself in the front, while Trump straggled behind.

Despite his harsh criticism of President Trump's meeting with Putin, Rosenberg is happy with how he has handled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

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Measure that against Trump's suggestion at a rancorous summit of the Group of Seven last month in Canada that the leading industrialized countries include Russian Federation in their elite grouping of democracies - a suggestion that got short shrift from the other nations.

Ahead of the Helsinki meeting, Trump upended the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit by demanding that America's closest allies more rapidly increase their defense spending, insinuating the USA might withdraw from the bloc otherwise.

Will it be the one of Trump fracturing the alliance that is the strongest bulwark against Russian aggression and undermining his closest counterparts? We'll be talking about other parts of the Middle East.

The US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies did pledge in Brussels to bolster their defense and deterrence capabilities as a bulwark against Putin - a notable achievement.

A day earlier in Brussels, Trump did say he would raise the election issue with Putin, but also said: "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it".

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, said in a statement Friday that Trump "should use today's indictments to challenge" Putin at the meeting.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, asked whether Trump should meet one-on-one with Putin, responded by saying that "we know Russian Federation meddled in our elections and we're glad these hackers are being held to account".



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