Nuclear arms race is an expected topic for Trump-Putin talks

Marsha Scott
July 15, 2018

"I am confident that President Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin will put America in a better place", Pompeo said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Trump's refusal to condemn Putin "makes it clear that meeting with Putin would be both pointless and risky". "It's a devastating technology".

Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that the indictments were "good news for all Americans". Then on Friday, he vaguely spoke about how "it would be a tremendous achievement if we could do something about nuclear proliferation". "But I will absolutely, firmly ask the question", he added.

For Putin, it's a win just to meet one-on-one with the USA leader, whose campaign is under investigation back home over whether Trump associates colluded with the Kremlin effort to help get Trump elected.

Scottish police say they are trying to trace a paraglider who flew a Greenpeace protest banner over the golf resort that President Donald Trump is staying at.

But Trump was also keeping tabs on domestic issues, including the investigations into Russian election meddling.

When asked what he would say to Putin about alleged U.S. election meddling, Trump said he would absolutely and firmly raise the issue. He said those who criticized Trump's June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un should understand that issues such as the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula "cannot be done overnight".

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been charged with money laundering and other crimes, while former national security adviser Michael Flynn has admitted lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Stephan Sestanovich, a senior fellow for Russian and Eurasian studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, sees room for a Trump-Putin agreement on resolving these violation charges.

Earlier this week at a press conference in Brussels, Trump took a fatalistic attitude about what might happen when he raises the topic. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". "I don't believe in walking into the room with a world leader who's an enemy, who's a strategic threat, unless you have a specific game plan".

The White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News on Friday afternoon that the summit is "still on".

Trump has spent the weeklong trip wreaking havoc in Europe, first at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels where he questioned the value of the decades-old alliance, and later in Britain, where he faced fallout from a stunning newspaper interview in which he undermined British Prime Minister Theresa May at an especially vulnerable time.

"It will be somewhat more hard for him to simply go through the motions", said Daniel Fried, who was assistant secretary of state for Europe under president George W. Bush.

Allies emerged confused and shaken from a two-day North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in which Trump harangued them over perceived under- spending on defense, accused Germany of being a prisoner to Russian energy and prompted an emergency meeting of leaders trying to contain the fallout from the unexpected tirade at one session.

Trump raised the meddling issue during his first meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg previous year.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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