Trump wish for warm Putin ties highlights policy disconnect

Trump has repeatedly said the US was bearing an unfair burden because it spends many times more of its GDP on defence than other NATO countries

Utah Rep. John Curtis recommends a different approach for President Trump in Europe

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Lavrov also said Russia is "ready to answer any questions" regarding the alleged involvement of Russian military intelligence officers in the hacking of Democratic Party computers during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

Schumer is also suggesting that Trump reconsider his meeting with Putin until the Russians are able to prove there will be no further interference with USA elections.

"If we continue to be a little baby in the background as the President thinks we should be, then we're going to continue to get pushed around and there's going to be a very serious effect in Europe, in the United States, in every free election around this world", said the member of the House Armed Services committee.

Trump declared "I am the evidence" when Scottish lawmakers asked him to back up his assertion that the wind farm would "destroy the financial wellbeing of Scotland".

President Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May held a joint press conference after a private meeting Friday morning at Chequers in Buckinghamshire.

In Saturday's tweets, Trump tried to blame former President Barack Obama for failing to stop the Russians from working to help him win the 2016 election.

"This was an Obama disaster".

Legal experts say Trump, as president, does have the authority to recognize Crimea as part of Russian Federation.

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In the most detailed US accusation to date that Moscow meddled in the presidential election, a federal grand jury said Russian military intelligence agency officers covertly monitored computers of Clinton's campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data.

He was joined in calls to cancel the summit by Republican Arizona Senator John McCain, a frequent Trump critic, who wrote that if Trump is not prepared to hold Putin responsible for election meddling, "the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

Trump added that he would talk about nuclear proliferation with Putin.

Trump has said he plans to raise the issue. "Most importantly, no one will be able to block Ukraine's integration into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation!" the president wrote.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russia's alleged role in the elections, pushed for the indictments of several former Trump campaign aides, including former campaign chairperson Paul Manafort and former White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

He did not answer when Acosta shouted questions during the news conference and instead called Acosta "fake news" before turning to a reporter from Fox News.

In fact, CNN reported on the exchange of words and interviewed Acosta on air about what happened. "Deep State?" Trump asked on Twitter.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News that the summit is "still on". Trump speaks fondly of Putin and a desire for better relations with Moscow, but the rest of his executive branch remains highly critical and deeply suspicious of the Russian president and the Kremlin's intentions.

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