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The statement came hours after the Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a "sustained effort" to hack Democrats' emails and computer networks.

Trump said at a news conference Friday near London with British Prime Minister Theresa May that he wasn't going into the meeting with Putin with "high expectations".

"It's on", spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

But CNN reported that White House officials said the Putin summit would proceed as scheduled. There is no allegation in this indictment that any American citizen committed a crime.

On Thursday, Trump reiterated his criticism of NATO in a tweet, stating, " Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation.

Vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee Mark Warner said if the meeting was to forward, Americans need to be in the room with the pair.

This, after 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted for allegedly hacking emails from the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party in the 2016 election.

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But, several sources said, Trump instead reopened in strong terms his demand that other countries greatly speed up their progress toward a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target of spending at least two percent of their GDP on defense, which now has a deadline of 2024 with get-out terms available that can stretch it to 2030.

The prime minister said that she "welcomed" Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is to take place on Monday in Helsinki, Finland.

"If he does do this meeting he should do nothing less than hand Putin these indictments and the previous indictments and demand immediate extradition of all the individuals", Mr. Perez said.

The question of "how to be open" is something North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the developed world will have to continue to grapple with in the coming years, he added. Many observers noted that Rosenstein had briefed the president on the indictment days before it was released - casting his continued attacks on Mueller's investigation, and his continued fondness of Putin, in an even more suspicious light.

Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the attack and rejected accusations that it interfered in the United States presidential election in a bid to help Trump win.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and national security adviser John Bolton, at least prior to joining the White House, have both been more critical of Moscow than the president they serve.

Trudeau says that while the two per cent target remains a legitimate way of measuring the commitment of alliance members, he considers tangible and consistent resources and leadership, which Canada continues to demonstrate, to be more important.

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