RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: White House sees vindication in indictment

Aaron Brown
July 14, 2018

"They built, I think, a submarine port, substantially added billions of dollars", Trump said, praising Putin's investments there.

On Monday, President Trump will meet in Helsinki with Russian president Vladimir Putin, in a summit intended, as much as anything, to further a friendship Trump has desperately desired at least since he tweeted "will he become my best friend?" five years ago.

As for her relationship with Trump, she said: "We are friends".

He even threatened to pull the U.S. out of the Western alliance in what Merkel described as "intense" talks. "I'm going to show everybody,"' Mankoff said of Trump's viewpoint.

US intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"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.

"Whatever you do is OK with me", Trump said.

At the same time Washington wanted to put on paper its concerns over Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 president election in the United States, the newspaper said, citing unnamed USA officials.

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

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.

Trump's comments come before his summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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While nobody on either side expects big breakthroughs, including on USA sanctions, the summit is seen by Moscow as United States recognition of Russia's status as a great power and an overdue U.S. realisation that its interests must be taken into account.

In 2000, shortly after Putin began his first term as president after being selected for the role by Boris Yeltsin, President Bill Clinton visited the Kremlin to size up the new leader.

During the summit briefing, Ushakov challenged US officials to offer proof to back the ongoing allegations of Russian interference, adding that Putin has proposed setting up a joint working group on cybersecurity to look into the issue.

The news Friday demonstrates why Trump's approach to our allies and his behavior overseas is so risky and makes American less safe.

Trump has spent the week in Europe for the annual North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"The U.S. intelligence community knows that the Russian government attacked the U.S. This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality".

The Finlandia Hall congress centre, where the two leaders and up to 2,000 of their officials and diplomats will meet, has been freshly painted. Still, by the time it was over he was ebullient, saying that European allies and Canada had "really stepped up their commitment" - and intimating that his relentless hectoring had forced other allies to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense.

If you've listened Trump talk about Putin over the last few years, you've seen this again and again.

According to a tweet from Bloomberg White House reporter Jennifer Epstein, the Trump-Putin summit is now still a go. "The Russian state has never interfered and has no intention of interfering in the USA elections", Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said Friday. Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

Most of all, the Helsinki summit provides Trump yet another live trial of his honest belief that he is uniquely qualified to build relationships and negotiate hard deals with American adversaries. He claimed that the extraordinary session had sparked "a new sense of urgency and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts".

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