Despite an indictment claiming Russia had meddled with the 2016 US presidential election, Donald Trump is set to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday as planned.
White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders confirmed so during a press conference recently. “It’s on,” Sanders responded shortly when questioned.
A federal grand jury in the US alleged yesterday that 12 officers of Russia’s Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) had hacked computers and stolen data from Trump’s presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.
The 11-count indictment names the Russians defendants and alleges that they, starting March 2016, had spied on and carried out several cyber attacks on the email accounts of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign staff.
They have also been accused of stealing the data of half a million voters from a state election board website.
Friday’s indictment triggered huge outrage demanding Trump’s upcoming summit with Putin be called off.
“President Trump should absolutely cancel this meeting with Putin on Monday,” said Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez. “He is not a friend of the United States.”
Many other Democrat leaders also joined in:
Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) July 13, 2018
But it seems like Trump isn’t listening.
Trump instead plans to meet Putin and ‘raise the issue’. Though he is also not confident that it will do any good.
“I will absolutely bring that up,” Trump told reporters at a news conference in Britain yesterday. “I don’t think you’ll have any ‘Gee, I did it. I did it. You got me,’.”
Meanwhile, Russian foreign ministry waved of the indictment as a “heap of conspiracy schemes” made to “damage the atmosphere” before the Trump-Putin summit.
As per plans so far, Donald Trump is scheduled to meet Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.
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