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Trump and Putin will sit down together in Helsinki for a day of meetings that will touch on major points of tension between their countries - the Kremlin's meddling in the 2016 election, its military incursions into Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's sabre-rattling toward North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and the American economic sanctions meant to punish Russian Federation for its behaviour.

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.

However, Hurt actually believes the news could help Trump because he could use these indictment to point out that the Democrats' "collusion" scandal appears to be nothing more than unfounded political nonsense.

During Friday's news conference with May, Trump dismissed critics of the meeting, characterizing it as deliberations that led to positive results, including every member vowing to allocate more money for defense.

When questioned whether or not this discussion of the relationship between countries would include election meddling, Pence said: 'I think there will be a lot of stuff that comes up. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Earlier Friday, Trump said he would question Putin about Russian election meddling when the two meet in Helsinki.

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Friday that the summit was still moving forward and there were no plans to cancel it.

"Putin is not our friend nor merely a competitor", McCain said via Twitter. Trump said in Brussels.

As Trump walked away from the press conference in Chequers, the prime minister's country retreat, CNN reporter Jim Acosta asked him, "Will you ask Putin to stay out of US elections?"

"It is up to President Trump to hold Putin accountable for his actions during the meeting in Helsinki", McCain said in a statement.

Thus Trump took another shot at Obama today, reiterating his contention that had he been president, Putin would never have dared invade Crimea.

"Putin dispatched Russian special forces to Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in February 2014, after protesters in Kyiv forced the downfall of corrupt Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, a Kremlin client". "This is not a Republican or a Democrat view - it is simply the reality".

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will also hold their first meeting in Helsinki during the summit.

"We consider Trump a negotiating partner", Kremlin adviser Yuri Ushakov told reporters in a briefing on Monday's summit in Finland.

Trump has touted the summit as an opportunity to reduce tensions, inflamed by Russia's annexation of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, its military backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, which turned the tide of the Syrian civil war in 2015, and accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

In early June, the Times reported that some of the ministers in the United Kingdom cabinet were nearly in a state of panic over the meeting between Trump and Putin.

Asked when exactly the allies would now reach their 2 per cent of GDP target, Trump said it would over the coming years.

Warner went on to urge the Trump administration to stop calling the Mueller probe a "witch hunt".

Other Democratic members of Congress, including Rep. Adam Schiff and Sen.

After raising the threat of the USA leaving NATO, Trump said Thursday that there are no problems, adding that America's allies had pledged to increase defense spending commitments "very substantially".

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said "the stakes" for the summit "could not be higher". "Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy".


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