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Trump says he has been ‘tougher on Russian Federation than anybody’

14 July 2018

Yet, pushing back against reports he's too soft on Russia, Trump said during his press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May Friday that his policies have put Russia in its place.

"It's on", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Trump has called the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Moscow a "witch hunt" and has shown an eagerness to get along with his Russian counterpart, repeatedly referring to the former KGB leader's denials of such behavior.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that the summit was still moving forward and there were no plans to cancel it. The indictment does not allege that Trump campaign associates were involved in the hacking efforts or that any American was knowingly in contact with Russian intelligence officers.

John McCain (R-Az) - have called for the summit to be called off, especially if Trump is not willing to take Putin to task for the Russian meddling.

Sen. Mark Warner, the Democratic vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Mr. Trump should not meet with Putin one-on-one.

Trump said he does not anticipate a "Perry Mason" moment when he confronts Putin on the issue, a reference to a decades-old US television courtroom drama, and he predicted Putin would continue to deny the allegations.

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Two NATO sources said, however, that Trump had not issued a threat to pull the United States out of the alliance that it helped found to keep the peace in Europe after World War Two.

In a closed-doors meeting at the two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels, Trump is said to have thrown a "tantrum" over the issue, threatening that the US would go it alone on defense issues if the other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members-most of whom are European-do not immediately increase military spending as a percentage of gross domestic product.

Asked about the allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election, Mr Trump said: 'That's dishonest reporting. "I will absolutely bring that up", Trump told reporters.

But he simultaneously denounced the Mueller investigation as a "rigged witch hunt", and said he has been "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

In light of the charges against 12 GRU officers announced by Rod Rosenstein, @realDonaldTrump should cancel his meeting with Putin, who ordered the attack on the US.

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.

The Kremlin said no joint summit statement was planned but the presidents would give a news conference after their meeting. No Americans are involved. Trump also prepared to make a previously unscheduled public statement, the White House said.

Trump says he has been ‘tougher on Russian Federation than anybody’