Trump holds election-security meeting ahead of midterms

Jul 28, 2018, 13:46
Trump holds election-security meeting ahead of midterms

What was meant to be a celebratory tour of the Midwest on Thursday turned sour for President Donald Trump when he learned federal prosecutors were looking to question his company's longtime financial boss.

One day after the summit, the Russian Defense Ministry said it was "ready" to enact the "international security" measures discussed in the meeting.

Following the backlash in the United States over Trump's cordial public tone with Putin in Helsinki, U.S. and Russian officials backed away from Trump's proposal to schedule a follow-up meeting in Washington in the fall.

But speaking to reporters in South Africa, where he was attending a summit of BRICS nations, Putin said another meeting with Trump was still on the agenda.

"They're dying to see us make a little bit of a mistake", Trump lamented Thursday from inside a Granite City, Illinois, steel plant, where he was hoping to exult in positive economic news in front of a supportive crowd.

Efforts by both Trump and Putin to achieve detente have been fiercely resisted by US lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, accusing him of being too friendly towards Putin, whom they consider an adversary of the United States.

Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon, Mr Mattis said: "I am considering meeting with my counterpart, but there's been no decision". "I repeat once again, if the right conditions for work are created".

The Russian leader went on to tout President Trump for fulfilling his campaign promises, citing this as a 'great virtue'.

President Trump received an update from his National Security Council Friday afternoon on the government-wide effort to prevent foreign interference in the USA election system.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have been fraught because of rows over Russia's annexation of Ukraine, and allegations - denied by Moscow - that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 presidential election to help Trump win. Trump has said he wants to improve ties between the two nuclear powers, whose relations have dipped to a post-Cold War low in recent years. However, efforts to achieve a detente have been fiercely resisted by the USA lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, who accuse him of being too friendly towards Putin.

The pair met last week for closed-door talks in Helsinki.

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