Already contentious, the Trump-Putin meeting comes just days after the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced on Friday the indictment of twelve Russian military officers, charging them with directly taking part in an the alleged effort by the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 USA presidential elections.
Officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, covertly monitored computers of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign and Democratic campaign committees, and stole large amounts of data, the indictment said.
On July 13, Trump said: "I'm not going in with high expectations, but we may come out with very surprising things".
"All I can do is say, 'Did you?'" Trump said days ago at a news conference in Brussels.
"Going forward, there should be no one-on-one meeting between this president and Mr. Putin", Warner told reporters on Capitol Hill.
Mr. Trump also defended his decision to hold the meeting after coming under fire from opposition Democrats in the wake of the indictments.
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Donald Trump has departed from Glasgow Prestwick Airport on Air Force One, rounding off his first United Kingdom visit as U.S. president. "I believe that having a meeting with Chairman Kim was a good thing", he said of North Korea's supreme leader whom he met last month in Singapore. "We can do more, so if you want to do an arms race you'll lose", according to the report.
On Sunday, Trump flew to Finland, the final stop on a weeklong trip that began last Tuesday.
The array of topics, in addition to election interference, that Trump has said he will raise with Putin include the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine, as well as an Reagan-era arms control agreement and the prospect of extending a 2011 nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russian Federation.
According to Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori, it was the two presidents themselves that chose to meet in the city, adding that he had no expectations over the summit but only provided suitable circumstances for it, and the city was not anxious about the protests at all. "I don't believe we've put enough resources as a nation into investigating what happened two years ago and making sure it never happens again". Russia's a foe in certain respects.
The two leaders are also expected to hold a news conference to conclude the summit, where they are all but certain to face multiple questions about the indictment from US reporters. "I think it's ridiculous", he told CBS.
British accusations that Russian Federation unleashed a deadly nerve agent in an English city, the fears of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies that Trump is not serious about defending the Western alliance, and Putin's support for the Syrian regime after years of civil war also form part of the crowded backdrop.
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"We know that Trump doesn't do a lot of prep work for these meetings".
Bolton noted that a number of Democratic senators have called for these Russians to be extradited - but said they don't know what they're talking about, as the U.S. doesn't have an extradition treaty with Moscow.
"The DNC should be ashamed of themselves for allowing themselves to be hacked".
He also argued that Trump is entering the summit with a stronger hand because of the indictments.
"The very fact that we have our heads of state getting together for this kind of conversation is a big, big delivery", Huntsman said.
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On Thursday, Strzok said the message was written late at night after Trump's campaign comments disparaging a slain USA soldier. Chairman, at no time in any of these texts did these personal beliefs ever enter the realm of any action I've taken".