White House: Trump will confront Putin on 'malign' Kremlin activities

White House: Trump will confront Putin on 'malign' Kremlin activities

White House: Trump will confront Putin on 'malign' Kremlin activities

President Donald Trump and his United States delegation intend to raise the issues of arms control, Ukraine, Syria and election meddling during their meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a senior administration told reporters Thursday. Trump also rejected the joint communique signed by leaders at the conclusion of the meeting, launching personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the process. And that the very holding of this meeting is in itself a great achievement.

Trump and Putin will meet July 16 in Helsinki, Finland, for their first official summit. "The US is not going to take care of everything", Trump said at a campaign rally in Montana last night.

"Everyone in our alliance has the same goal, and that is a strong deterrent; an alliance that is unified that can face any threats that any one of our 29 members might face", she said, listing "Russia and the malign activities of Russian Federation, the efforts of Russian Federation to divide our Democratic nations" and INF treaty violations as among those threats.

"Germany, which is the biggest country of the EU, European Union, Germany pays 1 percent, 1 percent", Trump said. One official who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity said "we're entering with our eyes wide open" but "the ball really is in Russia's court" when it comes to changing their behavior.

Mr. Huntsman said the US has repeatedly confronted Russian Federation about the election hacking, despite Mr. Trump frequently diminishing the issue and repeating Mr. Putin's own denials of meddling.

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President Donald Trump will drill down on Russia's "malign activity" during summits with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials said on Thursday, signaling a harder line against Moscow than Trump has traditionally taken. "Went just like a rocket ship", he said.

"The president [Trump] hopes the meeting will help reduce tensions and meet the constructive engagement that approves peace and security of our world", Huntsman said. After Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, all NATO Allies pledged to end cuts to their respective defence budgets and move toward spending 2 percent of their GDP on defence by 2024. "And that will all be possible during this meeting format".

"I said, you know, Angela, I can't guarantee it, but we're protecting you and it means a lot more to you than protecting us cause I don't know how much protection we get by protecting you", Trump said.

In Montana, Trump scoffed at news reports questioning his preparedness for the Putin meeting, saying: "Will I be prepared? I'm totally prepared. I have been preparing for this stuff my whole life!" the president said.

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