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Politics Trump Forging Ahead With Putin as Democrats Demand He Cancel

02:00  14 july  2018
02:00  14 july  2018 Source:   bloomberg.com

Trump Should Cancel Putin Summit Over Indictments, Democrats Say

  Trump Should Cancel Putin Summit Over Indictments, Democrats Say Democrats pounced on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s indictment of a dozen Russian military officers for their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, with some saying Monday’s Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit should be canceled. “These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer said

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A growing chorus of top congressional Democrats urged Trump to cancel the event, even as some Republicans said the president should use the Podesta said in an interview that he wouldn’t call on Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin . Instead “maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12

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(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin as planned despite Friday’s indictment of 12 Russian spies in the hacking of Democratic Party computer systems and calls from Democratic lawmakers for him to drop out.

“It’s on,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an emailed response to questions about Monday’s summit in Helsinki.

A growing chorus of top congressional Democrats urged Trump to cancel the event, even as some Republicans said the president should use the opportunity to confront Putin firmly about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

McCain to Trump: Cancel meeting if you won't hold Putin accountable

  McCain to Trump: Cancel meeting if you won't hold Putin accountable GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) said on Friday that if President Trump isn't prepared to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin "accountable" for aggression toward the United States then he should cancel their meeting next week."President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around th e world. If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward," McCain said in a statement.

President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin as planned despite Friday’s indictment of 12 Russian spies in the hacking of Podesta said in an interview that he wouldn’t call on Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin . Instead “maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12

Trump Should Cancel Putin Summit Over Indictments, Democrats Say. Democrats pounced on Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s indictment of a dozen Russian military officers for their efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, with some saying Monday’s Donald Trump -Vladimir Putin summit.

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said in a statement. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made no statement immediately after the indictments were announced at the Justice Department. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, asked whether Trump should meet one-on-one with Putin, responded by saying that “we know Russia meddled in our elections and we’re glad these hackers are being held to account.”

Challenge Putin

But other Republican lawmakers expressed the same sentiment as House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce of California, who said in a statement that Trump “should use today’s indictments to challenge” Putin at the meeting.

Pompeo says Trump-Putin summit should proceed

  Pompeo says Trump-Putin summit should proceed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said President Donald Trump should proceed with his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday even as the political fallout continues over the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for hacking into Democrats' computer networks and emails during the 2016 presidential campaign. Despite calls by top Democrats in Congress for Trump to cancel the meeting, Pompeo told reporters on his flight back from Mexico Friday night, "I think it's very important that they meet.

President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin as planned despite Friday’s indictment of 12 Russian spies in the hacking of US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during their first face-to-face meeting. Trump Forging Ahead With Putin as

He called for increased sanctions on Russia; for Mr. Trump ’s national security team to testify before Congress; for Instead, time and again he has defied those expectations, as he repeatedly called into question the collective Democrats Say Trump Should Cancel Putin Meeting After Indictments.

Trump has repeatedly called the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller a “witch hunt,” and some of his allies have said the probe should be brought to a quick conclusion.

The announcement that Mueller obtained indictments of the 12, all members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, came three days before Trump and Putin are to meet. The Russians are charged with stealing user names and passwords of people working in Democrat Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta. They also allegedly hacked into the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in an operation starting around March 2016.

Twelve Russians

Podesta said in an interview that he wouldn’t call on Trump to cancel the meeting with Putin. Instead “maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial,” Podesta said.

Sasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit

  Sasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) on Sunday night said he does not think President Trump should dignify Russian President Vladimir Putin with a meeting, given Putin's past relationship with the U.S. Sasse, who is an outspoken critic of Russia and occasionally Trump, took to Twitter with his take on whom Putin is and what he wants. Things Every American Should Know Before the Trump-Putin Helsinki meeting:1. Exactly who is Vladmir Putin, the Russian leader our president is about to meet with in Helsinki? And what does he want?It's a complicated question. But here's what we do know...

Democrats are rolling out unified demands for Donald Trump to cancel his private meeting with Vladimir Putin . Senator Mark Warner held a press conference earlier today where he demanded that meeting be canceled , saying that there needs to be other Americans in the room. He also hit Trump

Some Democrats are demanding that Trump cancel the summit outright, while others say he should simply ensure that top aides are Nadler said he doesn't expect Trump to fully cancel the summit but that meeting alone with Putin could be dangerous. "I wouldn’t trust what he says there," Nadler said.

U.S. and Russian officials have said next week’s talks will touch on every major point of tension between the two countries -- the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, Moscow’s saber-rattling toward NATO allies, and U.S. economic sanctions intended to punish Russia for its actions.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday at the Department of Justice that he briefed Trump on the coming indictments earlier this week.

Trump said Friday that he’ll bring up the election interference he speaks with Putin, but that he doesn’t expect an answer.

“I will absolutely, firmly ask the question” about interference in the U.S. election, Trump said at a news conference with U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May at Chequers, her country estate. But he predicted Putin wouldn’t confess.

No ‘Perry Mason’

“I don’t think you’ll have any ‘Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me,’ ” Trump said. Referring to the TV courtroom drama of the 1950s and 1960s that often featured a dramatic, last-minute confession, he added, “There won’t be a Perry Mason here, I don’t think, but you never know what happens, right?”

Ben Sasse: Trump should declare Russia an 'enemy of America'

  Ben Sasse: Trump should declare Russia an 'enemy of America' A Republican senator is calling on President Donald Trump on Monday to declare that Russia is "the enemy of America and our allies."Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, responded to Trump's tweet ahead of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in which the President said the US relationship with Russia "has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S.

“President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russia takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won’t interfere in future elections,” Schumer added. “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy .”

Then what does Trump do? He gets over there and he chides Germany for making a side special deal with Putin because what in the world are you strengthening Putin for, Trump Richard Blumenthal, Democrat senator, Connecticut, ‘No question President Trump should cancel this meeting with Putin .

Jeff Flake

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, a frequent critic of the president, said Trump needs to do more than ask.

“Mr. President, as today’s indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: You interfered in our elections,” Flake said on Twitter.

Senator John McCain, also an Arizona Republican, said the indictments add to evidence confirmation an “extensive plot” by Putin’s government to spark dissent among U.S. voters, attack the 2016 election, and undermine faith in democracy.

‘Willing to Confront’

“President Trump must be willing to confront Putin from a position of strength and demonstrate that there will be a serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world,” McCain said in a statement. “If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”

After the indictments were announced, Democrats were quick to urge Trump to cancel the meeting.

Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Trump shouldn’t meet with Russia’s leader “in light of this stunning indictment by the Justice Department that these Russian conspirators attacked our democracy and were communicating with Americans to interfere in our election.”

Putin says he wanted Trump to beat Clinton

  Putin says he wanted Trump to beat Clinton Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday he wanted President Trump to win the 2016 election, a comment sure to fuel more scrutiny of Moscow's meddling efforts. "Yes, I did, because he was the one who wanted to normalize relations with Russia," Putin said when asked if he wanted Trump to win.Tru mp decided to go ahead with his meeting with Putin despite the U.S. indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers who are accused of hacking Democratic officials in 2016.The U.S.

Democrats are calling on President Trump to cancel his planned meeting with Russia n president Vladimir Putin after the Justice Department announced Friday that 12 But, he conceded, “I hope he goes into this clear-eyed about who he 's talking to and what their intentions are, which are not to help

Senator Mark Warner Demands Trump Cancel Putin Meetup In Helsinki. Democrats are rolling out unified demands for Donald Trump to cancel his private meeting with Vladimir Putin . Trump Forging Ahead With Putin as Democrats Demand He Cancel .

Eighteen Democratic members of the House Foreign Affairs panel urged Trump in a letter to cancel the meeting, saying that “due to your constant expressions of sympathy for Vladimir Putin” the lawmakers “do not have confidence that you can faithfully negotiate with the Russian leader.”

Based on his track record, some Democrats said they weren’t sure whether Trump should be trusted to hold talks with Putin. After meeting with the Russian leader in November 2017, Trump said of Russia’s meddling, “Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it.”

Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Friday that Trump shouldn’t meet alone with Putin, adding that he’s “afraid the president could be taken advantage of” due to his lack of preparation. Warner also called on the president and his allies to “immediately cease and desist from calling the Mueller investigation a witch hunt.”

Other Democrats joining the call to jettison the meeting included Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Representative Adam Schiff of California, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. Schiff said on CNN that Trump should “cut his losses on this disastrous trip to Europe” and return without engaging with the Russian leader.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, initially stopped short of calling for a cancellation, saying that Trump should use the meeting to secure a comprehensive pact that the Russians will stop their “ongoing attacks on our democracy.”

She later issued a statement citing “President Trump’s continued refusal to condemn the Russians’ attacks on our democracy.” She said that a meeting with Putin would be “both pointless and dangerous. The Trump-Putin meeting must be canceled.”

(Updates with later Pelosi statement in the last paragraph.)

--With assistance from Margaret Talev, Erik Wasson, Jennifer Epstein, Tom Schoenberg and Arit John.

To contact the reporters on this story: Laura Litvan in Washington at [email protected];Justin Sink in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Joe Sobczyk at [email protected], Ros Krasny

©2018 Bloomberg L.P.

I gave up 'nothing' in Russia summit: Trump .
US President Donald Trump said Monday he had given up "nothing" during his summit with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, following a week of withering, bipartisan criticism over his handling of the meeting. "When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my meeting with President Putin, and all that I gave up, remember, I gave up NOTHING," Trump said on Twitter."We merely talked about future benefits for both countries. Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing, except for the Corrupt Media!"Trump and Putin met in Helsinki a week ago behind closed doors, with no one else but their interpreters present.

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