Trump tweets, hits links before high-stakes Putin meeting

An MSNBC reporter asked Trump, "I wonder if - are you giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the upper hand heading into your talks, given that you are challenging these alliances that he seeks to break up and destroy?" Democrats in Washington on Friday called on Trump to cancel his meeting with Putin.

Trump said a press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May he would "absolutely" bring up the topic - which he has been including on a list of a handful of subjects he will raise when the two meet in Helsinki, Finland.

White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev said in a statement that "saying a news organization isn't real doesn't change the facts and won't stop us from doing our jobs".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said the release of the indictments were just a formality and that he briefed President Trump about the new charges earlier this week. Though Trump declared that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was stronger thanks to his behavior and reaffirmed the USA commitment to the alliance, the Brussels summit could hardly have gone better for the Kremlin, which has long sought to exploit and widen cracks among Western nations.

The charges were filed by Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Russian collusion with Donald Trump's campaign team.

Speaking of topics on agenda, the Russian official said that it remains unknown what exact issues will be touched upon at the top-level meeting, adding that Moscow is ready to "consider literally all key issues on the bilateral and global agenda".

Mueller previously indicted 13 Russians and three companies for allegedly interfering in the presidential vote.

Measure that against Trump's suggestion at a rancorous summit of the Group of Seven last month in Canada that the leading industrialized countries include Russian Federation in their elite grouping of democracies - a suggestion that got short shrift from the other nations.

"It's on", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters after there were calls for the meeting to be cancelled as the United States charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with election interference on Friday.

A federal grand jury on Friday alleged that officers of Russia's military intelligence agency, the GRU, secretly monitored computers and stole data from the campaign of Trump's former rival, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. I don't think he'll have any 'Gee, I did it, I did it, you got me, ' Trump predicted of his meeting with the former KGB colonel.

Mr Trump never specified which countries said they would contribute and what amount.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he answers questions during a news conference before departing the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018.

Trump declared "I am the evidence" when Scottish lawmakers asked him to back up his assertion that the wind farm would "destroy the financial wellbeing of Scotland".

Republican Senator John McCain said the summit should be called off if Trump is not ready to warn Putin there is a "serious price to pay for his ongoing aggression towards the United States and democracies around the world".

He said: "Today we are sticking to our commitments and now we have to deliver". "It makes it very hard to do something with Russian Federation. Anything you do, it's always going to be, 'Oh, Russia, he loves Russia"'.