Russian officers with pressure on Trump before Putin summit

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Twelve Russian intelligence officers were charged on Friday with hacking Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in a stunning indictment just three days before President Donald Trump meets with Russia's Vladimir Putin.

"I'd think [he] might remember that it was North Atlantic Treaty Organisation that stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States after 9/11, among many other contributions", he said.

Despite all the "advice" from McCain and the Democrats, it's highly unlikely that Trump will be canceling his meeting.

Trump told reporters he plans to raise election meddling with Putin but said he doesn't expect Putin to ever accept blame.

Trump is staying at Turnberry, southwest of Glasgow, one of his luxury golf resorts, in a private part of the trip before heading to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump later reportedly pressured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members to double the target to 4 percent of GDP and doubled down on his criticisms of both Germany and the 29-country alliance.

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Thursday's statement from federal agencies said that 12 adults had been deported and "are being contacted ". On Tuesday, with the court-mandated deadline looming, the government responded.

A pro-Trump demonstration is due to be held in London by alt-right campaigners, as well as a counter, anti-fascism protest.

In a separate letter sent last Monday, leading foreign-policy Democrats also urged Trump to hold Putin accountable for Russia's destabilization efforts, including election meddling.

A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, asked whether Trump should meet one-on-one with Putin, responded by saying that "we know Russian Federation meddled in our elections and we're glad these hackers are being held to account".

"It's on", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Now, she said, "no lower court could possibly rule against President Trump's decision in light of Zivotofsky".

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a fierce critic of Trump, has refused to meet him and he was instead met at Glasgow airport by a British government representative.

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Aides had said Trump would spend the weekend preparing for Monday's meeting with Putin in Helsinki. "I don't think you'll have any 'Gee, I did it". "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in September, before the Election?"

"Mr. President, as today's indictments reaffirm, election interference is not a question to be asked of Vladimir Putin, but a statement to be made to Vladimir Putin: You interfered in our elections", Flake said on Twitter.

And there's no sign that Trump will demand that Putin turn over the 12 Russian intelligence officials the special counsel indicted - and they likely will never stand trial.

But the President's tour-de-grace came during his suddenly announced solo news conference at the end of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit that sent reporters scrambling to make it into the room on time and wondering whether Trump would announce the U.S. was leaving North Atlantic Treaty Organisation after reports suggested he had threatened to do so earlier in the day.

Trump said he had advised May to take a different strategy on Brexit, telling the paper: "I would have done it much differently".

"The concern is that this is not just noise to disregard, because perception is reality and this president may be with us for another six years", the senior source said.

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