Top Democrats urge Trump to cancel meeting with Putin

Brendan Smialowski—AFP

But Trump has also repeatedly said he takes Putin at his word when he denies any involvement.

The president is spending the weekend at his golf property in Scotland before leaving on Sunday for Helsinki, where the meeting is scheduled to take place.

On Friday, the US Justice Department issued grand jury indictments for 12 Russians on charges of hacking the emails of senior Democrats. 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.

Sen. John McCain, also an Arizona Republican, said Trump "must show he can be strong and tough with Vladimir Putin". Instead "maybe he should ask Putin to turn over the 12 people indicted to the United States for trial", Podesta said.

US President Donald Trump is holed up at his golf course on the western coast of Scotland ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations Russians meddled in the US 2016 election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said the release of the indictments were just a formality and that he briefed President Trump about the new charges earlier this week. But to do it the Friday before the Monday meeting?

When asked what he would say to Putin about alleged USA election meddling, Trump said he would absolutely and firmly raise the issue. But he predicted Putin wouldn't confess.

On Iran, Macron urged Trump in vain earlier this year not to pull out of an global deal that eased sanctions against Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

"I don't think anything gets the message across to Trump, but I hope demonstrations like these encourage people in the States to fight the Trump regime", said Eli Roth, a 56-year-old from California who is living in Edinburgh. John McCain of Arizona, a frequent Trump critic and a Russian Federation hawk, called on the president to cancel the summit if he is "not prepared to hold Putin accountable".

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'I will absolutely bring that up.

In his prior role at the CIA, Pompeo vowed to fight Russian interference in US elections later this year. He then went on to say that Moscow expected that the summit of the two leaders would lay the ground for the normalization of bilateral relations.

But it's Trump's version of reality on another topic that may come to define his meeting with Putin.

Though an explicit endorsement of Putin's expansionism would be surprising, Trump's evasiveness on the issue coupled with his record of extraordinary statements and actions at worldwide summits has left many on edge.

This is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"Trump should cancel the meeting or make it an open meeting, confronting Putin on his aggression & taking measures to hold them accountable", Booker said.

Russia had earlier denied meddling in the United States election campaign and Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller's probe on the Russian interference a "political witch hunt".

"I have experienced myself how a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union", Merkel told reporters Wednesday having just arrived for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels.

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