Top Democrats urge Trump to cancel meeting with Putin

AFP  Getty Images FILEPresident Donald Trump stands with world leaders at the family

AFP Getty Images FILEPresident Donald Trump stands with world leaders at the family

President Donald Trump has already scripted out his conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he brings up election meddling - and he's not predicting a courtroom thriller. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who said: "Trump must immediately cancel his planned summit with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation demonstrates its willingness to come back into the community of nations that respect the rule of law, legal norms and democratic institutions".

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"This is our six metre (19-foot) high inflatable of the president of United States as an orange skinned, angry baby with tiny, tiny hands and a constipated, malevolent expression on his face", said "Trump babysitter" Leo Murray.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said the release of the indictments were just a formality and that he briefed President Trump about the new charges earlier this week.

This is the latest development in an ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election. "If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward".

But Trump has also repeatedly said he takes Putin at his word when he denies any involvement.

Trump added: "It's also a very expensive thing but that's the least important".

"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.

"I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, ' " Trump said.

He said bilateral relations presently amount to little more than "sporadic meetings between diplomats and the military, primarily on" the civil war in Syria.

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But critics argue that Monday's meeting in Helsinki has become a pivotal test of Trump's strength and will to defend election integrity - something they say he has not done so far.

Since coming to power previous year, Trump has sought to improve relations with Putin.

And as Trump has talked about bringing Putin back into the global fold, the Treasury Department has continued to impose sanctions on various Russian officials, companies and businessmen.

After meeting the queen at Windsor Castle, Trump headed to Scotland, where his mother, Mary Anne, was born.

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments were "good news for all Americans".

The Elysee Palace source said the situation in Ukraine had not evolved enough for Macron to invite Putin to a Group of Seven summit in Biarritz, in the south of France, in the summer of 2019.

"I don't see the point", said Beth Anderson, 43, an office administrator from Edinburgh.

The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow. "We agreed that we would immediately continue the dialogue at the level of foreign ministers and education ministers and implement the decision of the Venice Commission", Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukrainian television channels on Friday.

"DOJ's criminal charges provide hard evidence that Russian intel agents attacked America to boost their favorite candidates, undermine others, and influence our elections".

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