Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Putin to meet with Sudanese president

Putin to meet with Sudanese president

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. He then stunned allies by telling them to eventually double the figure to a punishing four percent.

The U.S. president's shake-up of the NATO summit had begun Wednesday at a working breakfast with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, when Trump accused Germany of being controlled by Russian interests. The current commitment is to reach two percent by 2024 but with get-out terms that would allow some to stretch it out to 2030.

"President Trump must be willing to confront #Putin from a position of strength & demonstrate there will be a price to pay for his ongoing aggression". The Ukranian and Georgian leaders were asked to leave, since burden sharing is a purely internal North Atlantic Treaty Organisation issue. One notable but often forgotten example is that Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., called the claims of Russian Federation hacking the DNC "phony" and "lies" on July 11, 2016.

At his press conference, Trump said the USA commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation "remains very strong, primarily because of the spirit they have and the amount of money they're willing to spend, the additional money they're putting up".

"The President likes and respects Prime Minister May very much".

"I have to say, I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia, where you're supposed to be guarding against Russia, and Germany goes out and pays billions and billions of dollars a year to Russia", Trump said Wednesday at a meeting with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation secretary-general.

In the conference he announced that he got everything that he wanted and other countries will be increasing their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending. "They are going to up it at levels they have never thought of before".

'If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward'.

"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.

Politico said Trump warned of "grave consequences" if the allies did not immediately meet the 2 per cent spending targets. Does it benefit the any way?

According to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation figures, only five of 29 allies met their defense spending targets this year: Estonia, Greece, Latvia, the United Kingdom and the U.S.

USA intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations". "So I would imagine that's what they will do, but maybe they will take a little bit of a different route".

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