Graham: Trump Must 'Reject' Any Putin Denials of Election Meddling

NATO insists it's united at end of raucous, divisive summit

"Even with today's news, we can expect Trump to raise Putin's attack on our democracy in a passing, perfunctory way before again taking - or at least claiming to take - Putin's denials at face value", said Ned Price, a former national security council spokesman for President Barack Obama.

In the editorial, Curtis said what he "hoped" to see on each leg of the trip that began with a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation gathering in Brussels on Wednesday and will end with a Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

"In light of this stunning indictment by the Justice Department that these Russian conspirators attacked our democracy and were communicating with Americans to interfere in our election, President Trump should immediately cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin", Reed said.

Browder, a financier and vocal Putin critic, said the Russian president should not be given an opening to be on an equal stage to the leader of the free world after invading foreign countries and meddling in the US elections.

Intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping Trump's presidential campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Similarly, Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said Trump should cancel the one-on-one meeting.

"Putin is not America's friend, nor merely a competitor". With respect to voting machines and voting systems, we know that votes on ballots can be protected if they are recorded on paper that is then verified by the voter. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it".

"These indictments are further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win", Schumer said in his statement.

"When I saw her this morning I said I want to apologize because I said such good things about you", said President Trump at a joint press conference with May.

Amid intensive diplomatic maneuvering in the run-up to the summit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a senior adviser of the Iranian leader held talks with Putin this week.

Lavrov also said Russian Federation supports initiatives by the United States and South Korea to engage North Korea.

The city has a long history of acting as a diplomatic bridge between the USA and Russian Federation.

As a strong proponent of diplomacy, I believe a meeting between President Trump and President Putin could be a productive one.

It is unusual for Trump to express concerns about Russian behaviour and his remarks were a sharp departure from positive comments he made Tuesday about how Russian President Vladimir Putin poses less of a problem for him than his miserly North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies or the European Union's pending Brexit breakup with Britain.

According to a Daily Beast report, five sources close to Trump did not privately hear his attitude change toward Russian Federation or Putin in recent days, despite being briefed on the indictment.

Trump said that by the end of the conference North Atlantic Treaty Organisation partners had agreed to make "substantial" spending increases to meet their two percent of GDP spending obligations at a faster pace than previously agreed upon. 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.

It said there was no evidence linking any of the dozen officials to hacking or military intelligence. He also said during a joint press conference with the British Prime Minister Theresa May that his administration was "tougher on Russian Federation than anybody".

"For some reason President Trump thinks that if he gets in the room with him, maybe he can warm Putin up and Putin will turn out to be a good guy - he's not". "And when you have that occurring, especially with Russia's activities, yeah, it undermines our alliance".

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