All that's important is whether, say, the USA and Russian Federation could discover to their pleasant surprise that they both like Hüsker Dü and can't stand cilantro.
Donald Trump threw the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance into turmoil with a threat to pull the United States out unless its other members increase their military spending immediately.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, also called for scrapping the meeting.
Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, stated that he was concerned with this Trump-Putin meeting.
The Kremlin has denied that the Russian state interfered in the USA election.
"We'll be talking about meddling, and I will absolutely bring this up", Trump told reporters during a press conference on Friday in England. Ahead of the meeting, which has already provoked concerns among US, UK and Germany's officials, Trump called Putin a "competitor". Even though Trump suggested he could probably withdraw the United States from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation if he wanted to, he conceded "that is unnecessary" because he felt his relentless hectoring had forced other nations to spend more than NATO's long-term goal of 2 percent of GDP on defense. "This is consistent with what we have been saying all along".
The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who is looking into Russian interference in the November 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow. The Kremlin denies that the Russian state has interfered in the US elections.
The Kremlin is reaffirming its denial of meddling in the US election. But I would also encourage the president to exercise caution with Russian Federation - which has proven to be a hostile nation to the United States and our Western allies.
The U.S., which spent $685.9 billion on defense in 2017, now makes up 51.1 percent of NATO's combined GDP.
Oh, and he's also meeting with Putin this week.
For now, it appears that Trump's threat is just that.
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Coats said USA officials are detecting cyber threats targeting energy, water and other infrastructure, aviation networks and manufacturing facilities. He highlighted the vulnerability that the pipeline brings as Germany and others become dependent on Russian Federation as an energy source.
He was speaking at the Hudson Institute think tank.
"Vladimir Putin is a pipsqueak in this relationship", he said on "Countdown to the Closing Bell".
Before leaving, Trump spent day two of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit renewing his call for member states to spend more - this time up to 4 percent of their gross domestic product - on defense.
President Macron said: "There is a communique that was published yesterday".
Trump, in a series of tweets from Brussels, said that, "Presidents have been trying unsuccessfully for years to get Germany and other rich NATO Nations to pay more toward their protection from Russian Federation".
"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said in a statement Friday.
"President Trump should cancel his meeting with Vladimir Putin until Russian Federation takes demonstrable and transparent steps to prove that they won't interfere in future elections", the New York Democrat said.
Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time. The Russians are charged with stealing usernames and passwords of people working in Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman John Podesta, and hacking into the computer networks of other Democratic party organizations.