Macron says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation debates were "frank and respectful"

Aaron Brown
July 15, 2018

In an uproarious trip to Europe, Trump has harangued members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance, scolded Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and shocked Britain by publicly criticising Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy.

Acosta had objected to Trump dismissing the news outlet as "fake news".

"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", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement. The group has also been accused of stealing the personal information of a number of USA voters after managing to hack into an election board.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport on Friday by the British government's Scotland minister.

President Donald Trump is hitting the links at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in Scotland, where he is spending the weekend.

"I have arrived in Scotland and will be at Trump Turnberry for two days of meetings, calls and hopefully, some golf - my primary form of exercise!" he tweeted early Saturday, referencing his seaside golf resort.

Democratic leadership in the Senate and House of Representatives, alongside a growing list of other Democratic lawmakers, called on the president to abandon the meeting, which is scheduled to take place Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

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A Greenpeace activist swooped on a powered parachute within a few hundred yards of the president as he stood outside the golf course's hotel on Friday evening. A line of police, some on horseback, separated the protesters from the golf course.

Trump and Putin seem unlikely to get into this sort of detail, given that arms control would be just one of several topics raised, including the Syrian civil war. "He didn't say that to me".

"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", said McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008.

Following the G7 summit in Canada, Macron had said he would like to invite his Putin to Biarritz, but that it would depend on Russia's application of the process agreed in Minsk with France, Germany and Ukraine to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.

Trump, a 72-year-old former NY real estate developer who praises his own dealmaking skills, and Putin, a 65-year-old former KGB spy who cultivates a macho image as a Russian man of action, are due to have some time alone at the summit.

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

But Trump has also repeatedly said he takes Putin at his word when he denies any involvement. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?" The New Jersey Democrat, a member of the Senate's foreign relations and judiciary committees, is considered a potential contender for his party's presidential nomination in 2020.

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