Congress to Trump: Cancel Putin summit after new Mueller indictments


Republican Sen. John McCain said, "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the Helsinki Summit should not move forward".

The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow.

Trudeau was not the only leader who seemed at odds with Trump's understanding of what emerged from an emergency meeting of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders that derailed the final sessions of the summit's closing day and set off another firestorm of controversy with the USA president at its centre.

He said the US has been "modernizing and fixing" its nuclear weapons program and added "it's just a devastating technology and they [the Russians] likewise are doing a lot". Teach him a lesson that Russian Federation cannot interfere in our elections, Schumer wrote in a statement.

"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", Schumer added.

"It is regrettable that the duplication of false information in Washington has become the norm, and criminal cases are worked up for obvious political reasons".

Trudeau says that while the two per cent target remains a legitimate way of measuring the commitment of alliance members, he considers tangible and consistent resources and leadership, which Canada continues to demonstrate, to be more important. Instead, Trudeau's announcement prior to the summit - plans to lead a new training mission in Iraq and an extension on its role with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation battle group in Latvia through 2023 - were aimed at demonstrating a commitment beyond mere dollars.

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, Iranian operatives across the world engaged in assassinations targeting opposition figures in the U.S., France, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany.

Rosenstein said the investigation is continuing.

This Friday morning, the US Department of Justice said it has charged 12 Russian hackers with attempting to meddle with the 2016 US presidential election, just three days before President Trump is scheduled to have a one-on-one summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The happiest guy on the planet right now is Vladimir Putin because he's watching the American president swing a wrecking ball towards the alliance", Hodges said. It had been sought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit atmosphere was "much calmer than everyone had said" and he saw a will to maintain the unity of the alliance, while Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said Trump was "constructive". He also said any real progress on issues the leaders discuss "could take time".

Speaking in Britain before the indictments were unveiled, Trump said he would ask Putin about the allegations of election meddling.

But the indictment identifies the defendants as officers with Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, also known as GRU. "They got rid of their coal plants".

Some of the documents and emails were released through a website identified in the indictment only as "Organization 1" - believed to be Julian Assange's WikiLeaks.

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 the latest example of his penchant for creating conflict to draw attention to his agenda, he first demanded an emergency meeting to address his grievances and then called a news conference to claim "total credit" for having pressed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members into increasing their military budgets "like they never have before". "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us".