Trump, Merkel Have ‘Great Meeting’ At NATO Summit With Markedly Different Tone

The indictments were unsealed just hours after Trump again referred to Mueller's inquiry as a "witch hunt" and after the president told reporters at a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May, "I think I would have a very good relationship with Putin if we spend time together".

A growing chorus of top congressional Democrats urged Trump to cancel the event, even as some Republicans said the president should use the opportunity to confront Putin firmly about Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump said he would discuss the issue with Putin in Helsinki on June 16, but reminded the pool of reporters that he had been dealt a bad hand on Crimea by the Obama administration.

President trump took to Twitter to commend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies allocating more money to defense funding, saying 'this is now changing -for the first time'.

Warner's comments come on the heels of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's announcement that 12 Russian intelligence officials had been indicted on charges related to conspiring to interfere with the 2016 election.

Having questioned the value of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in tweets throughout the summit, Trump later told reporters that the 29-member military alliance "was not doing what they were supposed to be doing" until he came to Brussels and that he was "extremely unhappy" until his intervention. The Russians are charged with stealing usernames and passwords of people working in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta, and hacking into the computer networks of other Democratic party organizations.

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

"It's a big FU from Mueller", a White House official said in an interview with Politico.

"It's on", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters after there were calls for the meeting to be cancelled as the U.S. charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with election interference on Friday.

Russia's foreign ministry described the allegations as a "heap of conspiracy schemes" meant to "damage the atmosphere" before Monday's talks.

Trump said he had advised May to take a different strategy on Brexit, telling the tabloid: "I would have done it much differently".

A pro-Trump demonstration is due to be held in London by alt-right campaigners, as well as a counter, anti-fascism protest.

"I will absolutely, firmly ask the question, and hopefully we'll have a good relationship with Russian Federation", he told a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

When asked what he would say to Putin about alleged United States election meddling, Trump said he would absolutely and firmly raise the issue.

Then he quipped: 'There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, said in a speech on the chamber's floor Thursday.

"We're going to see what happens", he said.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the attack and rejected accusations that it interfered in the USA presidential election in a bid to help Trump win.

The US President has repeatedly shown that flattery, praise and a welcoming atmosphere are the fastest ways to his heart.

"But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation".