Trump Fears Rosenstein Is a 'Covert Liberal Trying to Undermine His Presidency'

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

"We have been very strong on Russia", Trump told reporters at the British premier's Chequers country residence, after talks with May.

Trump's first day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance was contentious, with Trump demanding nations spend far more on defense and accusing Germany of being "totally controlled" by Russian Federation because of a pipeline project.

"We have a very powerful, very strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, much stronger than it was two days ago", Trump said at his closing news conference, citing Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as crediting the USA approach for the progress.

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The White House is stressing that the new indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers contains no allegations of knowing involvement by anyone on the Trump campaign or that the hacking the Russians are accused of conducting affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

"We have to start thinking about how we create societies that look at different stories as opportunities to learn and grow within your societies, rather than trying to keep the challenges of the world outside of your borders". Beyond that, he said, there's little anyone outside the USA can do to rein in the president's behaviour. Theresa May said yesterday she had discussed Russian Federation with the U.S. leader and they agreed that "it is important to engage Russian Federation from a position of strength and unity".

But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries spend more immediately.

In light of today's indictments, there should be no one-on-one meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin on Monday.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada hadn't committed to spending new money on defence at this week's meeting in Belgium, but pointed to his government's plan to increase the defence budget by 70 per cent over the next decade to $32.7 billion. Citing the alliance's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, he said: "Secretary Stoltenberg gives us total credit, meaning me, I guess, in this case, total credit". Ahead of the trip, Trump predicted his meeting with Putin would be his "easiest" stop on his European tour.

U.S. President Donald Trump is claiming a victory, saying he's gotten NATO's members to spend two per cent of their GDP on defence by 2024.

Brexit has not only weakened Britain's positions in Europe, but also caused a crisis in the United Kingdom government, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Brexit Secretary David Davis resigning over their disagreements with May on the terms of parting ways with the EU.

"Ultimately, the more important metrics are always, 'Are countries stepping up consistently with the capacities that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation needs?" "There won't be a Perry Mason here, I don't think, but you never know what happens, right?"

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Following Thursday's emergency session of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, Trump declared the military alliance to be "very unified, very strong, no problem".