Trump should cancel Putin summit after Mueller indictments, Congress says

Saturday, 14 Jul, 2018

US lawmakers want Trump, both privately with Putin and publicly, to condemn Russia's actions.

The upside for Trump is less clear - and that worries some lawmakers and foreign policy analysts in Washington.

Ushakov said the presidents themselves will decide the agenda for their talks, which are set to start with a one-on-one meeting and continue over breakfast in a broader format.

But in Russian Federation, where the political system is obsessed with hierarchy, status and displays of raw power, Putin has "already got his victory", said Andrey Kortunov, head of RIAC, a foreign policy think-tank close to the Foreign Ministry.

Speaking to the press on Capitol Hill, Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner said that the White House should make sure Trump is not left alone with Putin.

In the indictment, Mueller charges all 12 Russian military officials were acting in their official capacities as members of the Russian Military intel agency GRU, which reports to Putin.

Trump played down expectations for the Putin talks, saying he was not looking for firm results but would raise disagreements over Syria, Ukraine and allegations of Russian meddling in US politics.

Theresa May and Donald Trump held a joint news conference at Chequers, in which the president insisted the US-UK relationship is "the highest level of special".

"Mr. President, as today's indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: You interfered in our elections", Flake said on Twitter. In a remarkable piece in the New Yorker, Susan Glasser notes that Trump has not prepared for his meeting with Putin apart from sending his national security adviser John Bolton over to Moscow for a few hours.

The GOP lawmaker, who is retiring after this Congress, said that he's "pleased Russian Federation is being held accountable for their actions against our country". He chose to invade Ukraine & annex Crimea.

Though Trump declared that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was stronger thanks to his behaviour and reaffirmed the United States commitment to the alliance, the Brussels summit could hardly have gone better for the Kremlin, which has long sought to exploit and widen cracks among Western nations. And Trump should definitely not meet him alone.

McCain says the revelations from the Justice Department add to a body of evidence that confirms a Russian plot to "attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissention among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) this afternoon urged the president to cancel his summit with Putin in light of the new criminal allegations.

What will be discussed during the Helsinki summit? Both sides accuse one another of violating the treaty.

The agreement secured by the deal-maker president is apparently the very one the 29 member nations had formally agreed to the day before. They also may discuss the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty to try to reduce the possibility of a nuclear rivalry between the world's two largest nuclear powers.

"What would be the ultimate?"

"... Vladimir Putin will give a real master class to the inexperienced politician Donald Trump", he said. "Well, let's see. No more nuclear weapons anywhere in the world would be the ultimate, OK?"

USA and Israel want Iran to leave Syria, while Russian Federation has warned it would be unrealistic to expect Iran to withdraw fully from the country. He chose to help [Bashar] Assad slaughter Syrians.

Most of all, the Helsinki summit provides Trump yet another live trial of his honest belief that he is uniquely qualified to build relationships and negotiate hard deals with American adversaries. I don't think Putin would have done this if I was President.

'If they do that, then their trade deal with the USA will probably not be made'. He also said the other leaders had thanked him for raising the issue of how to support NATO's operations.

But it is unclear whether Trump's desire to reconcile with Putin is driven by a strategic vision or simply by his penchant for contrarian governance. "It's very detailed", Macron said, according to France 24. "And unfortunately there was a story that was done, which was generally fine, but it didn't put in what I said about the prime minister, and I said tremendous things".

This is why I say Democrats don't want next week's Putin summit canceled.