Trump Seemed To Exhibit Multiple Personalities At NATO Summit

Relations between Russia and the USA have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War times over the Ukrainian crisis, the war in Syria and the allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump declared that he had ended the nuclear threat from North Korea, but one senior USA official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said: "Who's to say he won't come out of Helsinki saying he and Putin agreed that Russian Federation no longer poses a threat to the rest of Europe?" "If they don't make the indictments a priority in the meeting in Helsinki, then the summit should be canceled".

Asked by the host what his first impressions were of the bombshell indictments, Cohen praised special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, saying, "I think Robert Mueller and his team have done an outstanding job". You got me!' There won't be Perry Mason here, I don't think. "Deal with the- what we used to call "the airing of grievances" at the beginning of every meeting", Jon Finer, Obama adviser from 2009-13, said of Obama's conversations with the Russian leader.

"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", the New York Democrat said. "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.

When asked how that conversation might go, Trump said, "He may deny it". The Kremlin denies that the Russian state has interfered in the US elections. "I don't remember any pro-Russian (US) presidents, but I want to remind you that he (Trump) is one of the most pro-Russian politicians at the moment in the United States".

US-Russian relations have suffered from years of disagreement over the Syrian conflict, Russia's annexation of Crimea and its involvement in eastern Ukraine. But lawmakers worry Trump will fail to take Putin to task, particularly over the election meddling, which the Russian leader has denied.

Acting U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a news conference after participating in the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium July 12, 2018.

"When you look at what we've done in terms of Russian Federation, I guarantee whoever it is in Russian Federation, they're saying 'oh gee, we wish that Trump was not the victor in that election?"

Trump's pomp-filled visit to the United Kingdom has been overshadowed by massive protests and an explosive interview in The Sun in which he blasted May, blamed London's mayor for terror attacks against the city and argued that Europe was "losing its culture" because of immigration.

McCain wasn't the only Republican senator to criticize Putin following the indictments.

Putin won re-election for six more years in March with opposition leader Alexei Navalny barred from running on what he says was a false pretext. After all, Trump has been panting to become best friends with Putin for over a decade and apparently referred to his more cautious advisers as "stupid people" who are intent on sabotaging great relations between Moscow and Washington.

But as Trump continues to describe the Russian Federation probe as a "witch hunt", the White House downplayed the latest allegations.

Other Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen.

Some NATO diplomats shrugged off Trump's tough words as a frank discussion between allies, saying the push for countries to spend more on defence showed his commitment to the alliance.

"Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy", Pelosi said in a statement.


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