Putin meeting won't have 'Perry Mason' moment

Putin meeting won't have 'Perry Mason' moment

Officials in Finland say the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will be held at one of the Finnish president's official residences in Helsinki.

Trump also reiterated an earlier comment he made about this trip, saying of his meetings with America's European and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and then Russia's leader, "Putin may be the easiest of them all".

The film also traced how Putin came to view the U.S.as an enemy - and how his relationships with presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama unfolded.

US President Donald Trump (R) gestures as he talks with US Ambassador to the United Kingdom Woody Johnson. on July 13, 2018.

Other accusations, denied by Moscow, include that it meddled in USA and European politics, supplied the weapon that shot down a passenger plane in 2014 over Ukraine and tried to kill a former Russian spy in Britain with a nerve agent.

But, he conceded, "I hope he goes into this clear-eyed about who he's talking to and what their intentions are, which are not to help the United States and not to help our allies".

US intelligence agencies have said the meddling was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming the election bid of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

"I'll absolutely bring that up, but it won't be a Perry Mason moment".

In Putin's Revenge, FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk and his team investigated how the USA intelligence community came to believe Putin targeted the 2016 US election, and how the Russian leader rose from low-ranking KGB agent to long-serving president of a newly assertive Russia with the ability to wage cyber-war in the US and across the globe.

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"For the president to meet with a liar - he can not do it accepting what he has said", Cohen added.

"If [Trump] and his team are not willing to make the facts of this indictment a top priority of the meeting with Putin, then he needs to cancel it - the Helsinki summit", Warner added.

"And hopefully we will have a very good relationship with Russia", Trump continued.

Put simply, Trump has been doing Putin's bidding ever since he got elected. Still, European economies have been growing recently, making the 2 percent of GDP target ever harder to achieve, and Trump's spending demand is at least in part aimed at drumming up business for the USA defense industry.

That's because, despite the political rhetoric, Trump - like his other 28 allies - signed a summit communique that had been agreed to by their ambassadors last weekend, five days before the summit began. Trump also authorized airstrikes in Syria.after concluding that Syrian president and Putin ally Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons against his own people.

Under Trump, the US started selling lethal weapons to Ukraine to aid the country's battle against Russian-backed rebels.

Will Republicans in Congress now finally side with the American people instead of acting like they are part of Trump's legal defense team, the way they did during the sham hearing Thursday as they grilled and personally attacked former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok?

Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show "Vesti Nedeli", said Moscow had seen how Trump had received other leaders on home soil, showing footage of Trump holding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's hand in a vice-like grip, brushing dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron's shoulder and glowering next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. "But I love getting along with Russian Federation and China and other countries". Of the alliance, he said it was "very unified, very strong, no problem".

May's office said it would not comment on The Sun article during a greeting with Trump and May at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst to review a military exercise.

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