USA will not push for 'deliverables' at Russian Federation summit: Bolton

USA will not push for 'deliverables' at Russian Federation summit: Bolton

Speaking in an interview with CBS Evening News aired Sunday, the USA president also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved.

"I can't tell you that, I assume he probably is".

A United States federal grand jury charged 12 Russian intelligence officers on Friday with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed U.S. accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the election to help Republican Trump.

The indictments formed part of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller that Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt" created to undermine the legitimacy of his surprise win over Hillary Clinton.

Trump and Putin are set to meet in Finland Monday, kicking off a week that will also be marked by the ongoing family separation crisis, a runoff election and a potential congressional attack on the Robert Mueller probe.

"Certainly, I'll be asking about it", Trump said.

"Well, I think we have a lot of foes. They were doing whatever it was during the Obama administration", he said. Indeed, an indictment that directly points to Russian President Vladimir Putin makes it much more hard for critics to dismiss Russia's culpability in election hacking as unproven. Trump did congratulate Putin on his victory, a source told CNN at the time.

The indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials, who stand accused of interfering in the 2016 campaign by hacking into servers at the Democratic National Committee and stealing emails, adds another explosive element to Trump's highly anticipated summit with Putin in Helsinki on Monday. In June, Putin allowed that non-state actors in Russian Federation - people he likened to "artists" - may have taken it upon themselves to launch the cyber-attacks on Clinton's campaign and the DNC.

Trump's mind on unrelated issues before Putin summit
The Scottish Secretary said: "I was pleased to greet Mr Trump on behalf of the UK Government when he arrived in Scotland. Around 50 protesters marched to Trump's resort in Turnberry but were not allowed to enter by security officials.

Trump has not condemned Putin since the indictments, instead tweeting on Saturday to blame former President Barack Obama's administration for failing to respond in late 2016.

How Trump and Putin handle the latest revelations of the alleged Russian cyberattacks will overshadow and could well foreclose any new cooperation on the conflict in Syria, nuclear talks with North Korea or actions the Russian president might take that could lead to lifting the West's economic sanctions against Moscow. He did not mention any evidence gathered from the computer servers of the Democratic National Committee, which were never provided.

"That doesn't mean they are bad. But - and this may be wrong - but they had much stronger defences".

Trump had said at a Friday joint press conference with May that he had provided a suggestion to her about handing Brexit negotiations, and that she had not taken it.

Bolton noted that Putin has repeatedly denied any knowledge of Russian efforts to meddle in the United States election but he said the indictments cast doubts on the credibility of the Russian president's assertions. I do believe in meetings.

Trump professed confidence in the meeting and pointed to previous encounters with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping as examples. I believe it's really good.

"I think the president can put this on the table and say, 'This is a serious matter that we need to talk about, '" said Bolton, adding that asking for the indicted Russians to be turned over would have the opposite effect.

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