U.S. President Donald Trump played golf on Saturday at his course on the western coast of Scotland ahead of a summit with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin that could be overshadowed by accusations that Russians meddled in the U.S. 2016 election.
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.
"And third, the President should demand Putin return Crimea to Ukraine, release individuals from Crimea imprisoned by Russian Federation on political grounds, and fulfill his pledge to remove Iran from Syria".
Rosenstein said he briefed Trump about the indictment before Friday's announcement and that the timing was determined by "the facts, the evidence, and the law". USA intelligence agencies have said the interference was aimed at helping the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. "I don't think you'll have any Perry Mason here".
This could pave the way for Russian Federation to take advantage of the division between the United States and European countries and strengthen its hegemonic moves.
Trump said he did not think Russian Federation would have invaded Crimea if he had been in the White House at the time. According to the DOJ document, 12 Russian intelligence officers are accused of hacking emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic Party during the 2016 election.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says the indictments are "further proof of what everyone but the president seems to understand: President Putin is an adversary who interfered in our elections to help President Trump win".
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"Yesterday I let them know that I was extremely unhappy with what was happening and they have substantially upped their commitment", President Trump told reporters, going on to repeat the claim that he had secured new commitments 10 more times during a press conference in Brussels.
The White House's initial reaction to the indictments was defensive and didn't include any criticism of the Russian government or its indicted operatives, all of whom were identified as officials in Moscow's main military intelligence agency, the GRU.
Trump launched his blunt attack against Germany on the very first day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that took place in Belgium on Wednesday and Thursday, saying it was wrong to back importing more Russian gas and not meeting the Nato's target for defence spending. "Failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy".
And on Friday, he voiced skepticism that the meeting with Putin would result in a confession about election meddling.
Trump suggested at stops in Europe that his primary goal for his meeting with Putin is a better relationship, though he also said he would discuss Russia's incursions into Ukraine, the civil war in Syria and nuclear proliferation. Pure stupidity. But it makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation.
"Some are at 2 percent, others have agreed definitely to go to 2 percent, and some are going back to get the approval - and which they will get - to go to 2 percent", Trump said at his press conference.