Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Iran: If Trump wants to talk, he'll have to call

Iran: If Trump wants to talk, he'll have to call

Trump meets with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday, three days after special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for hacking Democratic party officials and organizations to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election. The two world leaders are expected to meet one-on-one before allowing other aides to join in on their conversation.

According to previous reports, the bilateral meeting between Putin and Trump will begin at 1:20 p.m. local time (1020 GMT).

Trump said the summit would cover "everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China".

"I think we have great opportunities..." He claimed his tough stance had paid off in getting allies to spend more on defense, telling reporters on Thursday that members had "upped their commitments and I am very happy". I think hopefully we can do something about that because it's not a positive force it's a negative force.

Richard Burr of North Carolina said his committee has no reason to doubt the intelligence community's "conclusion that President Putin ordered an influence campaign aimed at the 2016 elections".

The lack of agenda and U.S. insistence on giving Putin and Trump time alone has anxious many pundits in the United States who harbor suspicions about Trump's ties to Russian Federation.

"The world wants to see us getting along, we are the two great nuclear powers, we have 90 per cent of the nuclear (weapons), that's not a good thing it's a bad thing".

At a press briefing at which both spoke, Trump said the two had "deeply productive dialogue".

Many Twitter users expressed anger or surprise that a United States leader had blamed his own country for the rift, despite Russia's interventions in Syria and Ukraine and alleged subversion of Western elections.

It comes days after special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents, who are accused of interfering in the 2016 election by hacking Democrats' emails and computer networks.

The Kremlin had previously said it did not expect much from the meeting but hoped it would be a "first step" to resolving a crisis in ties.

The tweet appeared to backtrack on what Trump said during a joint press conference with President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, hours earlier. "There is no clear agenda".

Putin kept Trump waiting a full hour before the summit.

He also talked about how no matter how well the summit went, it would never be good enough for his critics.

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